St Helens target Matt Dufty is desperate to stay in the NRL.
The St George Illawarra fullback has been told by the club that he doesn’t have a place at the Dragons in 2022 and so the rumour mill has been overdrive about potential destinations.
Canberra were said to have been interested in Dufty, as well as Brisbane, but both leads have since gone cold.
The 25-year-old, however, believed it would be “disrespectful” to himself to leave the NRL at such an early age, according to The Age.
“I don’t know what’s happening next year, it’s stressful,” Dufty said.
“All I can do is try and come out and play good footy.
“I talk to my manager every day. There’s always overseas if I want to go there, but I think I’m an NRL player, and it’s a bit disrespectful to myself and what I want to achieve if I go over there now.
“It’s a bit sad my reputation has been a bit ruined. I’ve (become) a bit of an enigma.
“Nobody knows why. It’s a shame because I thought I’ve played some good footy, except for the one bad game against the Dogs, and everyone has an off game.”