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Matt Dufty

Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by Wizardman, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. BLM01

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    I thought (except for 2018 like the rest of Parra) that Norman was a pretty good 6 who ran the show outside ordinary 7's before Moses turned up late in 2017 and used to carve a few sides up especially the Dragons
     
  2. Old Kogarah Boy 1

    Old Kogarah Boy 1 First Grade

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    FF,
    I’m not filled with confidence that Norman has the ability to play 80 minutes as a leader around the park.

    He’s ok at making a move happen periodically but to me, he needs to be lead.

    Now that Widdop is gone, Hunt needs to stand up and lead. That will be the big question for 2020.
     
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  3. possm

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    So then why did Millward extend Dufty for another two seasons early in 2019, even when he was performing poorly at fullback?
     
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  4. possm

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    Dufty's skill shotages needed to be addressed in his junior pathway days. He has the wrong frame and is short in essential skills needed by a first grade fullback. He should never have been extended for another two years.
     
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  5. Mr Angry

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    I like the idea of running my edge forwards at Dufty all day.
     
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  6. Frank Facer

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    The best footy I saw Norman play was when he was playing halfback with Gutherson playing 5/8.
     
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    your lost again wobbygong ............
     
  8. Dragonsamy

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    I think he has suffered from being stuffed around with the way he's being played and his confidence has been shot. Hopefully with a good offseason he can come back and prove he is a better player than most people think. Needs to develope his game further but hopefully has the right staff coaching him.
     
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  9. Mr Angry

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    I do not believe so, this the open forum to discuss Saints, I was on topic.

    Jubilee Avenue forum is the closed one.
     
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  11. getsmarty

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    Dragons star reveals social media ban... but trolls are still finding a way in
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    Matt Dufty of the Dragons in action.Source: Getty Images
    St George Illawarra’s born-again star fullback Matt Dufty has revealed he’s ditched social media as a result of trolls abusing him online.

    Dufty is currently in some solid form but it’s been a tough 18 months, spending time in and out of the Dragons team and almost leaving the club altogether.

    He’s now been installed as the club’s first-choice No.1 and is repaying them with some outstanding performances.

    “Obviously the club was under a bit of pressure with all the external things being said about our coach and everything,” Dufty told Triple M’s Rush Hour.

    “The club just needed, there was a lot of changes in our spine and the club just said ‘we need to settle on a spine and let it grow’, and that’s what they did, they settled on a spine.

    “A bit of confidence was lacking for me personally. After that Sharks game, after the coaches said we’re putting our faith in you now and you’ll have a few games to cement your spot, I think that’s all I needed to hear.

    “After that Cronulla game a bit of confidence came back and I started playing the footy I knew I could play.”

    During the low times Dufty was being targeted by fans and trolls on social media.

    He revealed he’s now ditched all his personal accounts, but they still manage to find a way to get their messages to him.

    “It’s hard when your team’s not performing. The fans don’t really know what goes on behind the scenes to get a footy team right to play,” he said.

    “There’s a lot of training and study that goes on and I think they just see the performance on the field, and when we’re not winning games they just demand change.

    “It can be hard for young players. Me personally, I’ve got off social media and reading stuff like that.


    “When I was younger I used to love reading what they were saying about me, knowing what they were thinking. Now it’s hard, hard for people that are associated with you as well.

    “I know my girlfriend gets a lot of messages on Instagram saying ‘tell your boyfriend this, tell him that’. It can be hard for them when they're not used to getting messages like that.

    “When you’re a professional sportsman it’s just something you’ve got to deal with.”

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...n/news-story/735878fc91dfee9a719661687f2ac2bf
     
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    So then why did Millward extend Dufty for another two seasons early in 2019, even when he was performing poorly at fullback?[/QUOTE]
    Because he knew he was better than than and had other skills apart from speed such as passing a football? Maybe????
     
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    Because he knew he was better than than and had other skills apart from speed such as passing a football? Maybe????[/QUOTE]

    Because mcGregor promised him he would be our starting fullback....not the first time this has allegedly happened....Robson etc...
     
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    Matt seems to have taken the dropping the right way, rather then sulking looks like he put the work in and has come back an improved player, will be interesting if he continues improving
     
  15. tumbidragon

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    He and Zack have been our best this year by far. Glad he has come back a better player since the reeboot of 2020 v2.0.
     
  16. Wizardman

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    Im thinking more players than Dufty should ditch the social media. All credit to him though,.....back on the trajectory towards being an elite fullback. I think he is better than he ever has been....showing great ball playing skills too
     
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    Must say that when Matt hits the after burners it’s frightening acceleration . For his try tonight Joel Thompson is no slouch and had a good front on shot at him, but Matt looked like he was fired out of a canon after the goose step and rounded him with little space.

    Matt is not a ‘superstar’ but very few players over the past 5years ( perhaps more) can score some his most sublime trys.

    In fairness, Sea Eagles are missing top players, the foremost being Tommy Turbo. With their best on the park they are hard to beat.
     
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    NRL 2020: St George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty feared his NRL career could have ended.
    St George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty feared his career could be over if he didn’t perform.

    Matt Logue
    NCA NewsWireJuly 22, 20205:17pm
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    St George Illawarra star Matt Dufty is the NRL’s form fullback, but six weeks ago he feared his career could be over if he didn’t perform.

    Duffy’s career was at a crossroads prior to the Dragons’ round 5 clash against the Sharks on a sunny Sunday in mid-June.

    The previous week in round 4, the Penshurst junior was dropped after a shocking loss to the Warriors in the return from the COVID-19 lockdown.

    Dufty also lost his No.1 jumper to Zac Lomax in round one after the Dragons deemed Lomax to be the club’s long-term fullback.

    This prompted rumours that he could leave the Red V, but these suggestions were squashed when he starred against Cronulla starting at fullback with a try.

    Six weeks on, Dufty is the NRL‘s standout No.1 ahead of Saturday’s rematch against the Sharks, and he has that Dragons’ round 5 win to thank for his revival.

    “That is when I really sat back and thought, ‘this is my chance’,” Dufty said.

    “There might not be another one if I stuff this one up and I had nothing to lose and I just wanted to play footy.

    “It really hit home for me that this could be where my career starts and finishes.”

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    Matt Dufty makes a break during the round nine NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Manly Sea Eagles at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium. Photo: Matt King/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

    Dufty says he wouldn’t be where he is now without the challenges he experienced when his star-studded form from 2018 went missing.

    He dominated that season with 13 tries as the Dragons won 15 games to finish in seventh position.

    “Back in ‘18 when I probably had my best year I was playing with confidence and just playing footy,” he said.

    “I wasn’t thinking about if I play bad here, I might not play next week.

    “All the coaching staff have put their faith in me and I’m trying to repay them back for keeping me in that No.1 spot.

    “I’m doing a pretty good job at the moment, but there is still a lot of improvement and growth for me.”

    Dufty believes the feeling of failing coach Paul McGregor has also fuelled St George Illawarra’s run of form.

    Since the Dragons’ board publicly backed McGregor as the club’s coach in the lead up to round 5, the Red V have won four of their past six games.

    “That is when all the boys got around and said it is not on Mary anymore,” Dufty said.

    “It was never on Mary, it is on us now and we need to start performing and pick up that embarrassment of where we were at the start of the year.

    “Our roster has a lot of good players in our team and we were underperforming.

    “It really hit home for our whole team. We knew we were a lot better and had a lot more to give.

    “It just took a couple of weeks for us to click and finally have the whole team’s confidence back.”

    Dufty will suit up in the away sheds at Kogarah Oval on Saturday against Cronulla for the first time since his under 10s grand final with Penshurst.

    With the Sharks the home team, the Dragons have been relegated to the rival’s rooms.

    https://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/d...d/news-story/51090cb603baa9eadd2a0a8f41ea9408
     
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    I think the same. Certainly never thought he was fullback and that experiment and shuffle with Widdop was mind-boggling and poorly thought out by McGregor. Ironically we may never see how he performs in that position for the Dragons.
     
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