Matt Dufty ready to emulate hero Slater

Childhood hero: Billy Slater. Picture: AAP Image/David Crosling.

Childhood hero: Billy Slater. Picture: AAP Image/David Crosling.

Growing up idolising Billy Slater, Matt Dufty always watches the Melbourne Storm closely. 

But with a potential clash with Melbourne or South Sydney in the Dragons finals path, Dufty had extra reason to watch the retiring star. 

For Dufty, Slater’s performance could help him prepare for Saturday’s match with the Rabbitohs. 

”I’ve grown up watching Billy,” Dufty said. “When I was younger, I used to get clips and see what Billy did. His competitiveness and he’s always around the ball. 

“That’s how I try to play my footy, be energetic and be everywhere. If I can continue to bring energy to the field and be there at the right times, I can help the team.”

With Dragons five-eighth Gareth Widdop ruled out of Saturday’s clash after dislocating his shoulder, Dufty recognises he must play an even greater role in the team’s attack on Saturday. 

“I have to get my hands on the ball more, but I’m confident whoever comes into that five-eighth spot will do a good job.”

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