Warrington Wolves fullback Matt Dufty has learnt his injury fate after leaving the field early against Huddersfield Giants last weekend.
Dufty showed some brilliant touches on his debut, setting up two tries before being taken off with a foot injury minutes before the end.
And, Warrington have now confirmed that he will be out for a number of weeks, though Thomas Mikaele has been included in their 21-man squad despite going down with an injury in that loss to Huddersfield, too.
The Wolves revealed their 21-man squad earlier today:
33 Kyle Amor
5 Matty Ashton
15 Joe Bullock
9 Daryl Clark
14 Jason Clark
11 Ben Currie
17 Matt Davis
20 James Harrison
12 Oliver Holmes
3 Peter Mata’utia
21 Greg Minikin
19 Robbie Mulhern
35 Matty Nicholson
1 Stefan Ratchford
22 Josh Thewlis
16 Danny Walker
34 Jake Wardle
7 George Williams
Scans have revealed Matt Dufty's foot injury, sustained on debut against Huddersfield, will see our full-back sidelined with an estimated return date of 2-3 weeks
Speedy recovery, Matt 💪 pic.twitter.com/g5tVeMxix4
— Warrington Wolves (@WarringtonRLFC) August 3, 2022
Dufty has signed a multi-year deal with the Cheshire club, which started immediately despite the fact that he was already under contract at former club Canterbury Bulldogs.
However, the livewire fullback decided to make the journey and join up with Daryl Powell during the second-half of the season.
“I signed earlier in the year so I’ve been watching all their games,” Dufty told the media.
“Me and Powelly (coach) have been talking a lot. I know Warrington is a one-team town and I know how much they love their footy here.
“They want us to win a few more games and hopefully we can do that, repay the fans and the town. It’s a big move for me and I’m really excited to rip in.”
Now, Dufty was often maligned in the Australian media and he is hoping to get away from that.
“I think it was more of a media standpoint. In the NRL they are a lot harsher and you are a lot more in the spotlight in Sydney.
“The Sydney teams get it a lot. I don’t read anything in the press but my mum, dad and missus were telling me that I was getting slammed- I was still playing good footy but I just needed a change.
“I said last year that I wasn’t ready to come to Super League but I’ve always wanted to come.
“It has been a goal for me to experience the world, a different competition. It felt like the right time. I was talking to Powelly earlier in the year and there was still time to sign for another NRL club.
“But I got really excited with the way he was selling Warrington and what he wanted to build and I want to help Warrington achieve something so it just felt like the right time.”