The Courier-Mail

Clune not keen on NQ

Halfback happy at the Red V

- NICK CAMPTON

AS JOSH McGuire heads south to join the Dragons, St George Illawarra’s Adam Clune has declared he doesn’t want to go the other way with the halfback keen to stay in Wollongong.

Clune has been linked with a potential mid-season move to the Cowboys once Ben Hunt returns from injury but the 25-year-old has made it known he wants to stick with the Dragons for the time being,

“I haven’t given it any y thought. A few articles have e come out but I didn’t know about it and a few people have asked me about it, but I want to stay here in Wollongong,” Clune said.

“I’m a local boy, I have my y family and friends here and d we’re building something special at the club. I’ve got some really close friends and it’s a really close group, my number one priority is to stay here.

“I’m not really focused on that at the moment, I’m under contract here for the next year so as far as I’m concerned I’m staying at the Dragons.”

Clune had been rumoured to be the makeweight in a potential swap deal for McGuire, who was officially announced as a Dragon on Tuesday.

The Shellharbo­ur junior made his NRL debut last season and has helped steer the Dragons to a surprise topfour berth to start the year following Corey Norman’s suspension and Hunt’s injury.

“It’s good to have interest and options. That’s my focus, I want to be a starting half, I don’t just want to be a back up,” Clune said.

“I want to be able to build a long career and help the Dragons build some success. It’s good to have some interest but I have a lot of improvemen­t in me, I still haven’t played 20 games yet. “If I can keep building on that, adding little things each week, I can bring more and more s stuff to the team.”

McGuire has been named o on an extended bench for the club’s clash with the Warriors on Sunday and could be a late i inclusion.

The Dragons forwards have set the platform for the clubs four-match winning streak and McGuire’s experience and rugged playing style would only add to their steel.

“I used to watch him on TV (for Queensland) and think ‘ we’ve got Josh McGuire, so there’ll be a bit of mongrel in the pack’ so I think that’s why Hook’s got him,” said backrower Josh Kerr.

“He’s had him in the past, he knows what he can do, he’s going to bring that bit of mongrel to the team.”

 ??  ?? Dragons halfback Adam Clune wants to stick with the Dragons; and (right) ex-Cowboy Josh McGuire has joined St George Illawarra.
Dragons halfback Adam Clune wants to stick with the Dragons; and (right) ex-Cowboy Josh McGuire has joined St George Illawarra.
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