Dufty: Weight has been lifted

18 February 2019 07:33:49 EST

The Dragons have re-signed Matt Dufty to a new two-year deal despite uncertainty over which position he will play this year.

Dufty may lose his fullback spot to skipper Gareth Widdop this season following the signing of Corey Norman.

Widdop is going into his final campaign with St George Illawarra before switching to Super League side Warrington Wolves. Until that happens, Dufty may have to settle for a spot on the interchange bench.

The 23-year-old said of his new deal: "It wasn't a difficult decision; 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 and I'm glad the positive discussions I've had with the club has ended this way."

Dufty, who has played 33 games since making his debut in 2017, started all but one game for the Dragons last season at fullback.

Speaking of his prospects of hanging onto the No.1 jersey this year, he added: "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."

Dufty had been linked with North Queensland but the Dragons had been in negotiations with him since last year and had made him aware of their discussions with Parramatta star Norman.

The club's director of rugby league pathways and list management Ian Millward said Dufty was a passionate Dragons player who brought a real skill-set to the team.

His re-signing follows the recent key reacquisition of Tariq Sims until the end of the 2022 season.

St George Illawarra are 50/1 to win the 2019 NRL Grand Final and 13/10 to finish in the top eight.

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