Matt Dufty says he is made a wide awake effort to catch the low-percentage plays out of his game in a present to turn into a great more fixed fullback.
Dufty modified into as soon as the star of St George Illawarra’s 26-10 to find over Parramatta on Sunday night, inserting the Dragons interior the top four with their fourth straight to find.
The Dragons No.1 stays off contract at the membership and desires to re-signal, with talks between his administration and the Dragons slowly progressing.
But performances admire Sunday night will simplest attend.
The 25-twelve months-old scored twice and scheme up the Dragons’ other two tries in the colossal to find, joking afterwards he might maybe per chance be dropped for taking half in laterally beneath Anthony Griffin’s notify game sort.
The majority of Griffin’s messages are, nonetheless, sinking in.
Dufty leads the Dragons for linebreaks, tries and kind out busts, but whereas peaceful making less errors and lacking 75 per cent fewer tackles on outdated years.
“I am no longer a dusky-and-white form more or less player. I play in the grey,” Dufty said.
“But I am no longer doing the the low-percentage plays I’d voice, I don’t attain that as great (when put next with outdated years).
“It isn’t about those colossal plays for me this twelve months. It is about doing those puny issues merely.
“Being in station to place tries, stuff admire that. I’d rather attain that than rating 20 tries this twelve months.”
Dufty has lengthy maintained he will also be among the NRL’s simplest fullbacks if he finds his consistency, having made no secret of the fact he is motivated by watching other No.1s star.
The step up in his ball-taking half in talents modified into as soon as indispensable ultimate twelve months, as he scheme up 15 tries in 18 video games.
But this season he has made a deliberate effort to be more around the ruck beneath Griffin, with a some distance sooner contest going attend to suiting his running game.
Sunday night modified into as soon as the first time he chanced on a pure mix of the two in one in all the simplest video games of his profession.
“I knew it modified into as soon as a colossal game (in opposition to Parramatta) and every other fullback has been carving up in the comp. So I notion I better step it up,” Dufty said.
“I’ve been around the ruck great more this twelve months striking around for those offloads or expeditiously play-the-balls.
“I am frequently striking around begging for that puny interior ball, that half destroy.
“That’s merely the next evolution of my game, attempting to combine ultimate twelve months’s ball-taking half in with this twelve months’s around the ruck.
“I have not for sure bought the opportunities to to ball play that great this twelve months. But (on Sunday) I modified into as soon as lucky adequate to catch in the merely effect, and they discover about that enact.”