St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition team fullback Matt Dufty will do all he can for his teammates against the Parramatta Eels at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta on Monday.
The local Penshurst RSL junior, who recently committed for a further two-seasons with the Club, admits he wanted to line-up for the Young Dragons after politely declining the opportunity to continue featuring for the Illawarra Cutters in the NSW Cup.
The Young Dragons were 25-24 victors over the Sydney Roosters in their previous outing in a tough encounter only decided late in the game courtesy of captain Patrick Herbert’s field goal.
Dufty was astonished by the individual feat when it occurred and believes it surmises the attitude of his teammates heading into the Final Series.
“It was such a tough game but I love being involved in games like that, especially when you get the win,” said Dufty.
“It provides an opportunity to see the character of the team heading into the Finals Series.
“We knew the Roosters were up for the game and ready to give one hundred percent so it was a testament to us were could hold them off.
“We saw Patty out the back who was yelling ‘give me the ball, give me the ball’ and it was a solid forty-metre kick despite him saying it was sixty but he won us the game.
“Personally, Head Coach Paul McGregor gave me the choice recently to see whether I wanted to end my season with the Cutters or with the NYC team.
“I’ve been with the NYC team for ninety percent of the season so I thought I owed it to the boys to finish the year off with them.
“Playing with the Cutters though was an experience and I learnt a lot off the bigger men so I just wanted to come back here and play the best I could to hopefully win the NYC title.”