Matt Dufty re-signs until end of 2019

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  1. getsmarty

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    Dragons young gun Dufty reveals how he was once almost a Warrior
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    It was a stroke of good fortune two years ago which saved the Dragons from losing a restless heir to their No.1 throne – and now Matt Dufty has revealed how serious the Warriors were about poaching one of the NRL's most exciting young guns.

    On the eve of an unlikely top-of-the-table clash with the New Zealand Warriors on Friday night, the jet-heeled Dufty has told of how unsure he was about his standing at St George Illawarra as an injured and off-contract under 20s star that he mulled a move across the Tasman.

    No Warrior: Matt Dufty came close to a move across the Tasman.

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    And instead of potentially coming back to haunt the Dragons in the match of the round at Mt Smart Stadium, Dufty has been a revelation for the unbeaten table-topping Red V, who have surged into premiership favouritism as they chase a seventh straight win to start the season.

    "It was a couple of years ago and I was coming off an injury," Dufty said. "I was off contract at the Dragons and they hadn't talked to me. My manager said we'll talk around and the Warriors showed a lot of interest. I thought it was a realistic thing, but Mary [Paul McGregor] and Benny Hornby came up to me and said, 'there's no way we're letting you go'. It's probably the best thing that has happened.

    "I was a bit worried and I didn't know if the Dragons wanted me or not. I was still in my 20s and your career is definitely not set in stone then. I didn't know what to think, but it obviously all worked out in the end."

    I thought it was a realistic thing, but Mary [McGregor] and Benny Hornby came up to me and said, 'there's no way we're letting you go'

    Matt Dufty
    Josh Dugan's exit to the Sharks has paved the way for Dragons junior Dufty, 22, to trail only Warriors speedster David Fusitu'a as the NRL's leading try scorer after just six rounds. But still he is demanding more improvement from his own game.

    In his own words, Dufty was "buzzing" after arguably his best NRL performance yet in the Dragons' 20-point romp over the Sharks last Friday night. It precedes a difficult fortnight with a trip to New Zealand followed by the bumper Anzac Day clash against the Roosters.


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    Asked whether he expected opposition teams to place more focus on him after an impressive start to the year, Dufty said: "I don't know what other teams do video on during the week, but we've got two of the best halves [Ben Hunt and Gareth Widdop] in the comp. I reckon doing video on them would be better than doing it on me.

    "Coming into pre-season [the halves dynamic] was something everyone was a bit unsure about, but they're firing. Our whole spine is firing. Our whole team is firing. To have Benny and Gaz– there managing the team when things go wrong it definitely keeps everyone calm and focused on the job.

    "We haven't put a number on [how many games we can go unbeaten], but we know if everyone comes out and does their role week to week we'll have a good chance of winning. How many years do you go 6-0 to start the year? The boys are pretty humbled about it. We just get to training and go about our business like we do every week.

    "It's not about wins or losses for us – obviously everyone wants to win – but if everyone does their job we know we'll win."

    Tyson Frizell and Nene Macdonald are battling illness to start the week, but both are not considered in any doubt for the Warriors clash. The Dragons have won 13 of their last 14 clashes against New Zealand, who will be hoping to bounce back from their only loss this year against the Broncos last week.


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  2. Frank Facer

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    I think that when youngsters are getting their new St George jersey, the number 1 will be the most popular number they want on their jerseys in years to come.
     
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  3. Bests Golden Boots

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    "Benny and Gaz, they're managing the team when things go wrong, it defiantly keeps everyone calm and focused on the job"

    That right there is the difference from last year, no panic when oppositions score.
    Last year when we got two tries behind you could see the heads drop as there was no chance they could come back due to our lack of try scoring abilities.
    This year they seem to have more self belief that they can score from anywhere and the game is never lost.
     
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  4. Slippery Morris

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    He has been quoted as saying that he is grateful to Mary and Hornby for holding him back til now. I hope the same is done and achieved for Lomax, Sailor and Field. No reason they cannot be as successful as Dufty. When they reach 22-23 the there will be no Lafai or Nighty playing and they will be in their place.
     
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  5. Frank Facer

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    Lomax has to be in by next year at the latest. I would like to see him in this year.

    I doubt that we would be able to hold onto Field and Sailor until they are 23 or 24, if they are going very well in the ISP.

    Field will have a difficult time taking Dufty's position. He could possibly play wing? He can play 5/8, but he will have a hard time taking Widdop's spot.

    I think Sailor is a 5/8, but he will have a hard time taking Widdop's spot too, but I do hope that we can hold onto all of them, at least for as long as possible.
     

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