Tony Duggan is the third member of his family to sign with Wattles this season.
Tony Duggan is the third member of his family to sign with Wattles this season. Gerard Walsh

Family affair for Wattles side

JACK Duggan reckons there is no chance his five sons will play in the same Wattles team this season.

The former club president was commenting after his second son Tony signed up for Wattles last week so he could play for the first time with the youngest of the five, Michael.

Michael is Wattles under-18 halfback this season and played reserve grade two weeks ago against Dalby straight after he turned 17.

The five, Dan, Tony, John, Mark and Michael went through Wattles juniors before playing their first senior games for the boys in green and gold.

Tony has just returned home for the French off-season after playing fullback in two premiership wins with his club Lezignan.

He played reserve grade with the fourth boy in the family, Mark, last year and is keen to play with Michael this season.

Dan, Tony and John played together in Wattles seniors before Tony played Queensland Cup with the Toowoomba Clydesdales, NRL for the Brisbane Broncos and then in the United Kingdom and France.

While there is a rumour their dad was also keen to have a run, Jack is adamant he won’t be going past his favourite spot near the player’s gate at Platz Oval.

“There won’t be any run on for me. Returning to the field after 33 years is not a good idea,” he said.

“The boys would all love to play together but it won’t happen this year due to John’s work commitments and Dan’s knee.”

John is a driller on the gas rigs at Moonie and has been advised by his employers that the risk of injury is too great.

Dan, who works in the mining industry at Dalby, needs a knee operation to play again.

Jack said Dan couldn’t afford six months off work to have his knee fixed up after he had just bought a house at Wyreema and had a small family.

“They still have plans to play together, only God knows if it will happen,” Jack said.

There is a chance Tony and the youngest two will play together this season.

Mark played against Warwick on May 21 before suffering a hand injury at work.

The plaster will come off today and his father expects him to be back on the field at the weekend for the game against Souths.

The Duggan family is steeped in Wattles tradition and vice versa.


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