TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Matt Dufty of the Dragons makes a break which lead to him scoring a try during the round 19 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the St George Illawarra Dragons at 1300SMILES Stadium on July 21, 2018 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Matt Dufty has talked down the reports of leaving the Dragons in the off-season as he gets ready for the 2019 Telstra Premiership season.

The fullback’s future at the club has been the main talking point in recent days but Dufty has confirmed that he will be staying at the Dragons in 2019.

“I’ve had a chat with the senior staff members at the club and they have assured me of my spot in 2019 so I’m keen to rip into pre-season and beyond for the Dragons,” Dufty told the club’s website.

“The club reassured me that if anything were to happen that they’d let me know before it hit the papers which is great to hear because I have a great relationship with everyone at the club and I’m looking to ripping in for them and all the boys.”

Ian Millward, Dragons Director of Rugby League Pathways and List Management has expressed his disappointment over the situation of the 22 year-old.

“The speculation and misinformation surrounding Matt’s future has been disappointing,” Millward told

“Matt is contracted for 2019 and will definitely be a part of our squad next year, there has never been any internal discussion that suggested otherwise.”

Dufty went back to training a fortnight ago as he was one of the first to report for pre season. He has enjoyed it as well as seeing the rewards as he played every game for the Dragons this season.

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Dufty is also excited to see his older teammates as they are required to report for training next week.

“It’s been a shock to the system coming back after a long break and getting straight into the running but it’s been good to see all the boys again,” Dufty said.

“It’s been a bit different the first few weeks because the last couple of years I’ve been the one who has been the inexperience kid. It’s good to come back and help push along the boys who are in the first or second pre season and help them through it.”


    • Just as you said with your link from am earlier post Pedro. I think Dufty is a goid kid with talent but the one I am keeping a close eye on in 2019 is Zac Lomax. I’m tipping him to have a breakout year in 2019.

      • Like your mob reg I hate seeing juniors leave when they are coming out of the 1st phase of tier 1 development.
        Zac is to be known as “the special” according to Freddy.

  1. If Dufty feels like the. club was shopping him around, he may ask his manager to look for another club for him?
    With Hayne possibly unavailable now, who would that leave at fullback at St.George? Even if Hayne is eventually cleared, you couldn’t see him being in a good place mentally next season,

  2. I’m glad Dufty is staying or at least we’re now keeping him since the Hayne news broke, but that’s the only reason they’re keeping him. He needs more mentoring and I’m sure he’ll be a better player next year. As for Lomax he’s tipped to be our new Gasnier, but will they go for Aitken or Lafai to partner him and we still need a big boppa winger to replace Nene. Periera seems a good kid and tries real hard but can’t afford two rookie wingers.

  3. From what I heard, Dufty was getting a bit if a big head. I think the Hayne potential move to the Dragons was a ploy to give Dufty the message that he can be replaced by someone with international experience. Dufty has a lot of potential, even in the Billy Slater mould, but has not achieved anything yet.

    • Yes good call, Graham put a rocket up him after the bulldogs debacle for not taking it more seriously. He has the potential but needs an attitude re-adjustment.

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