Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Matt Dufty is one of the most exciting NRL players to watch today.
When he gets some momentum he can tear teams apart and dominate games through his speed and x-factor that sees his skill mimicked by juniors far and wide.
Dufty burst onto the scene in 2017 with the St George Illawarra Dragons and had a breakout season the following year playing a key role in the Red V’s most recent finals appearance to date.
However, over the next three seasons, his form would come and go and the fullback was informed last June that the Dragons would not be re-signing him.
The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs then provided Dufty with an opportunity and a fresh start in 2022 and the 26-year-old has shown glimpses of greatness but has been quite heavily ridiculed for his form this year.
In the club’s most recent outing against the Canberra Raiders on Friday night Dufty’s ability to gain metres remained strong but he let himself down with three missed tackles and three errors.
Exclusive: Understand Warrington Wolves have held initial talks with Matt Dufty, but face competition from another Super League club.https://t.co/zPbXQJvpYs
— Matthew Shaw (@M_Shaw1) May 6, 2022
His future at the Bulldogs is unknown at this point but if Matthew Shaw of Yorkshire’s Rugby League Live is to be believed then Dufty could find himself in Super League next season.
“Warrington Wolves have held talks with Matt Dufty over a potential move to the club,” said Shaw.
“Rugby League Live understands preliminary conversations have taken place with the fullback, who is off-contract at the end of the season.”
The Wolves are currently sitting in seventh place on the Super League table with five wins from their first 11 games.
It is a start to the season that falls well below expectations and Warrington seems to already be building towards 2023.
They may not be Super League’s only club after Dufty though as in 2021 the Leeds Rhinos were reportedly targeting the fullback and could still be interested in securing him next year.
For now, Dufty must focus on the rest of the season and do all that he can to help the Bulldogs avoid the bottom four and cement his future in Rugby League by earning a contract somewhere next season.