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Throwback Thursday | Matt Dufty

Matt Dufty has been a revelation for the St George Illawarra Dragons in 2020 and has become a cornerstone of a side who struggled for attacking prowess earlier in the season.

Dufty struggled to force his way into the Top 17 at the start of this year's campaign but has now well and truly made the no.1 jersey his own with some stunning individual performances.

The Dragons have had instability in the spine across the last 12 months with the likes of Dufty, Ben Hunt, Adam Clune, Corey Norman, Tristan Sailor, and Cameron McInnes all featuring in different positions.

However, Dufty's blistering form has been too hard to ignore for former coach Paul McGregor and current interim Dean Young, having produced 11 tries, nine try assists, four line-breaks, and 52 tackle-breaks, while averaging 157m in his 13 appearances.

While he was in and out of the first-grade squad since his NRL debut in 2017, there has never been any major doubt that has cast of his potential given his prominent rise during his development years. 

Dufty is a graduate of the Dragons' UNE SG Ball Cup side and has plied his trade with the club's Jersey Flegg Cup and Canterbury Cup squads, while also representing the CABE NSW Under 18s (2014) and NSW Under 20s (2016). 

While the Dragons hopes of a finals berth hang by a thread, Dufty could be the man to spark a late-season surge for the Red V with just five games remaining in the 2020 season.