He has the speed, class and acceleration. Now Josh Dugan has the bulk. Canberra’s strength and conditioning coach Matt Ford revealed last night that Dugan had beefed up 6kg over summer and would start this year’s premiership at 95kg. Dugan’s final challenge to becoming a true star was to increase his lean frame. “Our goal was for Josh to have more size,” Ford said. “He throws his body around and needed his frame to be a little bigger this year. “And I think he has the potential to put on a few more kilos in coming years. He could end up between 95kg and 100kg.” Dugan looked a supreme athlete this month in the NRL All Stars match at Skilled Park and has been touted as a potential NSW fullback this year. Ford denied the extra weight had damaged Dugan’s speed. “His speed and fitness are as good, if not better, than last year,” Ford said. “He is a special athlete. “Josh’s pre-season has been interrupted in recent years but he has had a more consistent pre-season this time.” Canberra arrived in Tamworth yesterday to prepare for tomorrow night’s trial match against Canterbury Bankstown. Dugan will play, but new recruit Matt Orford won’t, to ensure he is 100 per cent fit for the club’s round-one match against Cronulla at Canberra Stadium. Raiders officials yesterday said injured star Terry Campese should return between rounds 10 and 12. With a massive forward pack and young, dazzling backs, many people are predicting big things for Can- berra in 2011.

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