Duggan packs for one more shot at US



ROCKHAMPTON'S Brian Duggan is a tough breed of bull rider.

Duggan, who turned 27 yesterday, decided om Friday to journey to the US tour with Rockhampton's Stuart Frame and Dysart's Lee Hanrahan ? leaving tomorrow.

It doesn't matter that he just got his right arm, his free arm, out of a cast this week after having two plates inserted into the limb after a bull smashed his arm in an Australian title round in Mooloolaba on January 3.

The cast came off a week early and Duggan is content to sit around in Fort Worth, Texas, for about six weeks before hopefully returning to the chutes.

Duggan is no stranger to pain in this game after tearing his groin last year and during 2003 in Canada he needed eight screws in a busted eye socket.

He also has a few screws in the knee for good measure.

"This is a rough game and if you want to play it you have to get used to it,'' Duggan said.

"You don't retire, it's a game that retires you.''

Duggan figures he could have sat around in Rockhampton doing nothing or could do the same in the US while Frame and Hanrahan immediately hit the road in search of events.

"I'll just cruise around until I feel good enough,'' Duggan said.

It is a gutsy call by Duggan who was "sick of'' his cast and had the staples taken out only a week ago.

His arm feels weak since coming out of the cast, but he is taking heart that it is his free arm in competition.

All three competitors have previously tested the US and Canadian territory and Duggan wants one more shot before he gets "too old'' for this game.



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