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Mogg throws support behind Dugan

By Ian McCullough 02/07/2010 04:05:48 PM Comments (0)

Canberra veteran Adam Mogg has jumped to the defence of Josh Dugan, saying it's unfair to label the 20-year-old excitement machine as the latest Raiders bad boy.

Dugan, who was arrested in Canberra last Sunday night for negligent driving and driving while suspended, did not inform the Raiders management of the incident until after Monday's defeat by Canterbury.

The Raiders have been hit with a number of off-field dramas in recent years, with serial offender Todd Carney sacked in 2008 and props Trevor Thurling and David Shillington both found guilty of drink-driving.

However Mogg, who rejoined the club following a two-and-a-half year stint with Super League club Catalans Dragons in March, said he had no concerns about Dugan going off the rails.

"Josh is a good young kid, he is blessed with fantastic talent and is a quiet kid who keeps his head down and gets on with his football," Mogg told AAP.

"To be honest, I haven't heard about what happened with Josh and the police last Sunday so I can't comment on that, but what I do know is he has got his feet on the ground and I don't have any concerns about him.

"I wasn't around when some of the other stuff went on with Toddy (Carney), but I think it is unfair of people to jump on Doogs' back without knowing what happened and calling him a bad boy or whatever."

Dugan was included in an extended NSW State of Origin squad for the second match of the series, but returned to Canberra after Jarryd Hayne was cleared of headbutting Billy Slater.

Mogg, who was one of the key players in Queensland's 2006 series win, the first of the Maroons' five successive victories, scoring three tries in his only two appearances, said Dugan would be a sensation for the Blues.

"He is fearless out on the paddock and can make things happen out of nothing, and that what the great players can do," he said.

"He still has lot to learn but he one of the best young players I have seen and he will get the chance one day to show at Origin level."

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