Matt Dufty may loom as St George Illawarra’s supersub this NRL season as coach Paul McGregor weighs up how one can use the membership’s younger fullback.
Dufty has been relegated from the Dragons’ beginning aspect this 12 months with Gareth Widdop shifting again to fullback to accommodate Corey Norman’s arrival within the halves, with the Englishman set to depart the joint-venture membership on the finish of the 12 months.
After taking part in each recreation final season, the 23-year-old pushed his case in Saturday’s trial win over Newcastle, with loads of good second-half involvements and a strive help courtesy of good footwork and a protracted ball.
And McGregor mentioned there was nonetheless an opportunity he may fill a bench function for the Crimson V come spherical one towards North Queensland, notably given the flexibility of his backbone.
“Duft is an choice to be in our 17 for positive. We are able to change issues up in our backbone if he comes on the sphere,” McGregor mentioned.
“We all know Gareth is a world-class five-eighth, he’s additionally been one of many higher gamers on the World Cup at fullback. We all know Hunty can play No.9, as a result of he performs for Australia off the interchange at No.9.
“And Cam (McInnes) can play 13 so there is a chance to play all of them at some stage as nicely.
“Duft is a extremely essential a part of our group, he is aware of that. That’s why he stayed with us long run.”
Dufty’s case is basically helped by Kurt Mann’s transfer to the Knights, leaving the Dragons with out one other real utility choice.
Jai Discipline and hooker Reece Robson are different choices except McGregor opts to go together with 4 forwards on the bench.
Elsewhere Euan Aitken faces a battle to carry out Zac Lomax at proper centre. Each frolicked there on Saturday after Lomax started outdoors Aitken on the wing.
McGregor is then anticipated to play his finest aspect towards South Sydney in subsequent week’s Charity Protect.
Fijian winger Mikaela Ravalawa additionally put his hand up for potential spherical one choice on Saturday, scoring twice with Jordan Perera the Dragons’ most completed flyer.
“He’s definitely an athlete, he’s (188cm), 106kg, can run, adjustments ball with both hand, fends with both arm,” McGregor mentioned of Ravalawa.
“He’s explosive so we now have bought to maintain working with him as a result of he’s solely new to our programs. However he’s an enormous boy and one thing we’re in search of as outdoors backs – pace and measurement.”