TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Matthew Dufty of the Dragons runs the ball 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)

Canberra will meet with Dragons fullback Matt Dufty next week to discuss a poetential move to the nation’s capital.

Brent Read revealed on Triple M that the Raiders are keen on Dufty to be their solution to their fullback woes and have space in their salary cap available after  George Williams left the club.

“He has a meeting scheduled in Canberra with the Raiders this week,” Read said on Triple M.

“I know his management are looking around for him. They have made contact with Canberra who will meet with him this week.

Dufty would fill the void left by Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad who is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious neck injury.

However, once Nicoll-Klokstad returns next year he could be in line for a move to the centres to cater for Dufty.

Brisbane are also interested in the 25-year-old, but aside from the Raiders and Broncos there are few clubs looking to bolster their fullback stocks despite Dufty’s impressive form.

Dufty has made 10 appearances and scored eight tries for the Dragons in 2021 and is six tries away from breaking his individual record of most tries in a season (13), which he achieved in 2018 and 2020.

Earlier in the week St George fans launched a petition to convince the club to re-sign Dufty after his heroics against the Broncos.

Dufty finished with one linebreak, four linebreak assists, five try assists and two tries as the Dragons smashed the Broncos 52-24.

At the time of writing the petition was up to 9,938 signatures.


  1. This could actually be the best situation.
    Dufty is so key offensively in scoring or setting up tries. He’s had the most try involvements in the league tied with Tommy Tubro. Plus the Raiders have had issues at centre, CNK could be excellent there.

    Especially for the kiwis we need quality centres haha
    1. RTS
    2. Rapana
    3. CNK
    4. Manu
    5. Maumalo/Issako/DWZ/Tualagi/Smith

  2. This Dragons “Master Plan” that appears to exclude any talented player signed before Griffin. I assume the rebuild of the playing stock (which appears to be based around aging ex-Broncos) must also include replacing all current Dragons fans and sponsors with ex-Bronco supporters as well? I think the fan base might be a little harder to do…

    Tick, Tic, Tick, Tic…. What’s that?

    Is it
    A) A bomb
    B) The last seconds on Griffin’s and the current boards careers?
    C) Story headline on 60 Minutes on what happened to this once great club?
    D) Potentially all of the above


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