Exclusive: Ex-NRL stars Corey Norman and Josh Dugan rejected move to UK club

Both Corey Norman and Josh Dugan retired in 2021.

Norman had just finished his contract with the St George Illawarra Dragons whilst Dugan had his contract terminated by the Cronulla Sharks following a COVID-19 breach.

However, their careers were almost prolonged as one UK club saw them as a perfect fit.

That club was the Leigh Centurions whose owner Derek Beaumont has not messed about when it comes to new, big signings.

The likes of Tom Amone, Sam Stone, Caleb Aekins and John Asiata have all made the move to the Leigh Sports Village over the off-season, but they were almost joined by Norman and Dugan, according to Beaumont himself.

“We had agree terms with Corey Norman’s agent and the he decided to retire,” Beaumont told Serious About Rugby League.

“We also agreed terms with Josh Dugan’s agent and he decided not to take it up.

“It’s one thing the agent being happy with something but then the player has got to agree with it too.”

And, Beaumont also confirmed that he still looking to add to a star-studded squad that is currently made up of 21 players.

“The team that’s being assembled – and isn’t completely assembled yet is a team that, if you go through our squad and the players, like Caleb Aekins at fullback, Nene Macdonald, John Asiata, Sam Stone, Tom Amone and Aaron Smith, there’s lots of Super League and NRL quality players that would get into the top half of Super League sides.

“We’ve got them wrapped up the following year providing we do get to Super League.”

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