Dugan crowned NSW’s best player, Pearce a notable no-show at ceremony

JOSH Dugan has been crown NSW’s best player at Monday night’s Brad Fittler medal event in Sydney.

The St George Illawarra star was announced as the best player during this year’s State of Origin series at the gala event at Sydney’s Star City

A notable no-show at the event was Sydney Roosters star Mitchell Pearce, increasing speculation about whether he’ll be available for Friday’s do-or-die semi-final clash against Canterbury.


The star halfback was expected to attend the event but is understood to have pulled out at the last minute to ensure his gives his injured hamstring every chance to be right for the big game.

The NSW five-eighth hasn’t played since suffering the injury in the Roosters’ round 24 win over Brisbane.

The Roosters lacked direction and their kicking game was off target without the 2013 premiership winner in their upset loss to Melbourne in the qualifying final last week.

The Bulldogs expect Pearce to play.