Matt Dufty sends strong message to Super League fans ahead of 2023 campaign
Matt Dufty is hungry to show the Super League competition the best of his ability in 2023 with his first pre-season under his belt at Warrington.
Dufty, 27, made the switch from the NRL last July. The full-back received an early release from Canterbury Bulldogs to make the move after a turbulent short stint with the club.
The Australian-born player made his Wire debut just days after landing in England, injuring his foot against Huddersfield in the round 21 clash.
Dufty believes the knock didn’t allow him to get to his best – despite going on to score five tries in six appearances.
“I thought my performances were okay last year,” Dufty said.
“When I first came over here, I was jet lagged for two or three days then I played on the fourth day. It was rapid. I didn’t train apart from the captain’s run. But I think I’d rather like that than miss the first week.
“I was playing at maybe 50/60% last year. For me, I want to show everyone what I can do and bounce back.
“It was about getting my foot right over the break and coming in pre-season and I’m excited to play some footy.”
Matt Dufty aiming for his best
Dufty believes Daryl Powell’s new-look Warrington squad will help him perform to his best this year – with the side finishing 11th spot in the table at the end of last season.
Warrington defeated Leigh 22-10 in their first pre-season fixture over the weekend in Ben Currie’s testimonial, with Dufty starting at full-back.
“With this forward pack and spine, I think they’ll both help me play the best footy I can play,” Dufty stated.
“I want to repay the club and Daryl Powell for giving me the opportunity to come over. I’ve got a few mates over here that are killing it and I want to play some good footy.
“Short-term goals for me is getting through this year and playing good footy. The dream of the club is to win a comp and I’d love to be a part of that.
“For us on paper, if you look at the team, we want to finish top four but I think speaking to the players, most would love to finish top two.
“I think if we have a real good crack, we have a chance.”
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