High Performance Update: Charity Shield

St George Illawarra Dragons Head of Athletic Performance Nathan Pickworth has provided another High Performance Update ahead of the Charity Shield.

In this edition, Pickworth updates Dragons members and fans about the health of Matthew Dufty and Drew Hutchison (both knees).

"Dufty had surgery on Wednesday and is feeling really, really good. The swelling is pretty much all out of the knee and he started on the bike three days after the surgery, " Pickworth said.

"We'll be looking to have him running later in the week and push on as quickly as we can with him.

On Hutchison, Pickworth added: "Hutch is almost eight weeks post-op and he's looking good. He has good knee range and doing leg weights in the gym and we'll be looking to have him running in the next couple of weeks."

Pickworth also provided a general update on the team’s health following their 10-point win over the Wests Tigers in the i98FM Challenge.

"They pulled up really well. We had no injuries out of the game against the Tigers," Pickworth said.

"All the boys pulled up pretty good. A couple of them lost a bit of body weight playing in the heat but they have all recovered from that."