Matt Dufty is expected to make his debut for Warrington Wolves when they take on Huddersfield Giants tomorrow at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The livewire fullback has made an immediate move from the Canterbury Bulldogs where life in the NRL has been difficult in recent seasons.
He, of course, only signed a one-year deal at Belmore after an uncertain period with the St George Illawarra Dragons, but now Dufty is expected to gain a new lease of life from Super League.
And, for Huddersfield boss Ian Watson, he expects Dufty to play.
“I fully expect him to play, he said he’s come over to play and he will want to play,” Watson said.
“The risk is if he does himself any damage after just coming over from Australia this week. We’ve had a little look at him already.”
The Huddersfield head coach also revealed that, whilst at the Salford Red Devils, he had tried to bring over Dufty and fellow NRL star Euan Aitken who were both in and out of their respective sides at that point in time.
“He’s an attacker, I looked at him and Euan Aitken five years ago and I know what strengths he has got. From speaking to different people too, he’s a different character. We need to do our job on him.
“He was pretty close to coming across. We discussed him coming across and Euan Aitken. They were playing bit parts in the NRL.
“The one thing you always do as coaches you look at people who can improve you. Youngsters come and go and they are people that you like to have a look at.”
For the Giants, Leroy Cudjoe will miss out on tomorrow’s game through suspension whilst the likes of Chris Hill and Tui Lolohea are still out through injury.