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Bulldogs to land Matt Dufty on one-year deal

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10th July, 2021
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Canterbury coach Trent Barrett has continued his rebuild with St George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty set to be unveiled as the NRL club’s latest signing.

The St George Illawarra fullback will be the latest strike addition to the Bulldogs backline for 2022 along with NSW star Josh Addo-Carr and Penrith duo Matt Burton and Brent Naden.

Barrett stopped short of confirming the deal following Saturday night’s 22-16 loss to Sydney Roosters.

“There’s been some discussion there, I’m not aware of any of the events today but we’ll find out more tomorrow I think,” he said.

“He would (be a good addition). The game is lending itself to players with X-factor at the moment and he’s certainly got that.”

“Josh Addo-Carr, Matt Burton, Brent Naden and some young blokes coming through…there is some green shoots coming and good things happening at the club and we’ve just got to keep punching.”

The Dragons fullback has been out of favour at the club this season and was told by coach Anthony Griffin he wouldn’t be re-signed beyond the end of the year.

His addition would come as another boost for the Bulldogs who fell to their 14th loss of the season at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night.

The Sydney Roosters led early before the Bulldogs pulled level at 16-all at the half-hour mark, but it all fell apart late.

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For the cellar-dwellers, the luck is running thin.

“The six to go were 10-5 against and the penalties, we were on the wrong end again, we can’t seem to get any luck at the moment with any of that,” Barrett said.

“The Sam Walker penalty when he get tackled (in the air), there wasn’t much in that, it probably happened to Lachy Lewis about three or four times.

“There are things like that we’re not getting at the moment and that happens when you’re not winning.”

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