Hugely talented and highly rated by St George Illawarra Dragons fans, live-wire fullback Matthew Dufty has signed a contract extension with the club.
Off-contract at the end of this upcoming season, the Dragons made the decision to re-sign Dufty until the end of the 2019 season, a 1-year extension.
After making his debut in Rd 20 of the 2017 season, Dufty featured in all of the remaining Dragons games and right now, there is no place he would rather be.
“It’s great to be here for another year. I thought being at the Dragons was the best opportunity for me moving forward in my rugby league career,” Dufty said.
“It means the world to be where I’m at now,” Dufty continued.
“Coming through the St George ranks and being a local junior, it’s great to be able to remind kids that you can play for the team you dreamed of playing for.”
Equally pleased are the club, who knows how talented Dufty is and how crucial he is for the club moving forward.
“It’s always good news when a local junior re-signs. To lock him in for another 12 months is really good considering the number of young kids we have in our squad,” Director of Rugby League Pathways Ian Millward said.
“Anyone who is a Dragons fan would know that Matt is one of the most exciting Under-20s players we’ve ever had.
“Last year he made the step up to the NRL and he’s had a fantastic pre-season so far.”
The club also looks forward to seeing Dufty establish himself as a genuine part of their spine.
“There is now an opportunity for Matt to establish himself as a fullback with the other outstanding members of our spine in Gareth Widdop, Ben Hunt and Cameron McInnes,” continued Millward.
“It’s exciting for us because if he does step up to the mark as we expect him to then we could have a spine that plays together for a very long time.”