HE’S looked far from out of place in three NRL appearances this season and Dragons rookie Matt Dufty insists he’s unfazed by suggestions his 80-kilo frame could struggle to meet the week to week rigours of a full NRL season.
Barring injury, Dufty looks odds on to replace the departing Josh Dugan next season after grabbing his opportunity with both hands since being handed his debut three weeks ago.
The 21-year-old said he will look to add some bulk to his frame in the preseason but neither he, or club coaching staff, have any concerns around his size.
“I copped a bit of that [talk] when I was younger but not so much now,” Dufty said.
“No one’s really told me that the last couple of years. There’s a lot of people my height or shorter in the NRL. The boys do look a lot bigger on TV.
“Right now I’m around 81-82 [kilos]. I don’t if I got much heavier I’d get slower or whatever but my weight’s not really bothering me at the moment so I’m not too worried about it.”