Newtown junior, the nephew of former Test half Bob Bugden, spent two seasons playing in the local St George competition. A NSW U'18s rep under coach Jack Gibson in 1977, Geoff Bugden was graded by Newtown in 1978. A surprise winner of the Rothmans Medal in 1980, Bugden suffered a knee injury in a Tooths Cup match against Cronulla the following year and was relegated to the reserve bench for Newtown's grand final loss to Parramatta. Bugden joined the Eels in 1982 and played in the club's 21 8 grand final win over Ma...
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