Warrington Wolves’ new man Matt Dufty has been training with his new club this week ahead of a potential debut against Huddesfield Giants on Saturday evening.
Dufty has signed a multi-year deal with the Cheshire club, starting 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.”