Despite some speculation of his spot being in jeopardy, Matt Dufty has signed a contract extension with the St George Illawarra Dragons.
The extension is for a further two seasons with Dufty already signed on at the Dragons for the 2019 season.
A local Penshurst junior, the live-wire fullback is ready for the challenge of competing for spots.
“I’m very happy about re-signing for another two years. It wasn’t a difficult decision,” Dufty said.
“The Dragons is somewhere where I think I could play my best footy and where I wanted to stay.”
“I feel like a weight has been lifted. I’ve had it over my head for a while now.
“I’m glad the positive discussions I’ve had with the club has ended this way.”
Despite no certainty to play given off-season moves, Dufty is excited at what lies ahead for the club and the jostling for spots.
“I’m really excited for this year to come. I’m not sure where I’ll play but it’s a good headache for Mary (coach Paul McGregor) to have,” he continued.
“We have all been playing different positions, trying to get our different combinations sorted and with the strike force we have, it’s exciting to see how we all play.”
Just as pleased with Dufty re-signing are the club, who always relish the chance to retain a local junior.
“He’s a local junior who has gone through our pathway system, and we know he’s a person we want here long-term at this club,” Dragons Director of Rugby League Pathways and List Management Ian Millward said.
“He’s a passionate Dragons player who brings a real skill set to the team.
“We have been in deep discussions and negotiating with Matt and his agent since last year.
“He was aware of our discussions with Corey Norman at all times and he knew where his future lied at our club at all times.”