NYC star who could ignite Dragons’ attack

first_imgOnly the Knights (305) scored fewer points than the Dragons (341) in 2016, with the Red V making it back-to-back seasons as the second-lowest scoring team in the competition following their 435-point haul in 2015.One man who has no problems finding the line is Dufty, who finished his NYC career as the leading try-scorer in the competition’s history with 55 from 65 appearances in the famous red and white jersey.With 23 tries and 22 try assists last season, as well as 11 tries and 18 assists in 2015, Dufty could be the attacking spark the Dragons need to fight their way back into the Telstra Premiership top eight.The Junior Blues fullback – who also earned a spot on the bench in the NYC Team of the Year – forewent several opportunities to play in the Intrust Super Premiership last season to focus on his Holden Cup duties, but said he’d be willing to spend some time in reserve grade to gain some experience against more-seasoned opposition in 2017.While Dufty would love to don the No.1 jersey from the get-go next year, the youngster knows Dugan will get first crack if he chooses to remain at fullback rather than entertain a move to the centres. “The goal is to play NRL next year. I might not start the year there, but hopefully as the year goes on I’ll get a few games,” Dufty told NRL.com.”I had a talk to Mary (Dragons coach Paul McGregor) about it last year whether he wanted me to play NSW Cup or 20s, and he told me it wouldn’t have really changed what happened next year going forward.”I played 90 per cent of the year in the NYC and I felt I owed it to my teammates to try to get them to that grand final.”Mary talks to me all the time. He gives me lots of feedback. I’m pretty confident that he is going to give me a shot next year.”I’m hoping next year is going to be a big year for me. It really depends on what Mary and Josh Dugan want to do, because he’s really the one person in front of me. He’s a world-class player so it’s really up to Mary and what he wants.”The Penshurst RSL junior is listed at just 80kg – 22kg lighter than Dugan – but doesn’t think his weight would hold him back from making his NRL debut.Where Dugan uses his size to get his side on the front foot, Dufty uses his incredible speed and sleight of hand to trouble opposition defences.”I’m not the biggest guy running around but I find it fun just running around people,” he said.”Mary’s not too fussed about my weight because I just use speed and my skills, but the dietician wants me to put on a few more kilos just to be safe.”Should Dufty bulk up in the off-season, the 20-year-old’s utility value would soar.”Growing up I played in the halves so I wouldn’t mind if Mary gave me a shot wherever and I’d take it with both hands,” he said. “It would mean the world because growing up as a kid – especially in the St George area – you want to make that debut just to make family and friends proud.”last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 6. Oakland RaidersHi: 3Lo: 9Comment: If Beast Mode has a retro year or anything close, as some predict, this offense could be deadly despite a shift in philosophy. — MorganNext: at Tennessee7. Kansas City ChiefsHi: 7Lo: 9Comment: Offense in flux, but Andy Reid always gets points out of his teams. — LapinskiNext: at New England (Thursday)8. Dallas CowboysHi: 7Lo: 12Comment: Prescott won 13 games as a starter last year, tied for most by a rookie QB in NFL history. — JureckiNext: vs. New York Giants (Sunday night)9. Arizona CardinalsHi: 8Lo: 11Comment: A return to glory led by a defense that I think is going to surprise some people. — BurnsNext: at Detroit (Sunday)10. New York GiantsHi: 4Lo: 20Comment: Can they win in Dallas if OBJ can’t play? — MarottaNext: at Dallas (Sunday night)11. Tennessee TitansHi: 6Lo: 17Comment: Marcus Mariota is healthy. Andrew Luck is not. That could be the difference in the AFC South. — MorganNext: vs. Oakland (Sunday)12. Denver BroncosHi: 11Lo: 13Comment: The defense can still get it done. Can Trevor Siemian? — BurnsNext: vs. Los Angeles Chargers (Monday night)13. Tampa Bay BuccaneersHi: 9Lo: 18Comment: Dirk Koetter always believed he was an offensive genius. Now his team is a fashionable pick in the NFC. — MorganNext: vs. Chicago (Sunday, 9/17) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 29. Chicago BearsHi: 26Lo: 30Comment: Mike Glennon will be on the clock from the moment he takes his first snap. — MorganNext: vs. Atlanta (Sunday)30. Cleveland BrownsHi: 27Lo: 31Comment: This team is really going to struggle with Kizer learning on the job. — BurnsNext: vs. Pittsburgh (Sunday)31. San Francisco 49ersHi: 30Lo: 31Comment: The Brian Hoyer Era has begun! — LapinskiNext: vs. Carolina (Sunday)32. New York JetsHi: 32Lo: 32Comment: Todd Bowles is going to be fired by Halloween. — BurnsNext: at Buffalo (Sunday) Top Stories 22. Baltimore RavensHi: 15Lo: 24Comment: It’s really just a crapshoot when you get to the bottom third of the NFL. We’ll take the Ravens’ track record. — MorganNext: at Cincinnati (Sunday)23. Miami DolphinsHi: 16Lo: 24Comment: Reuniting Gase and Cutler? It’s just so crazy it might…never mind, it won’t work. — BurnsNext: at Los Angeles Chargers (Sunday 9/14)24. Los Angeles ChargersHi: 16Lo: 25Comment: Several Texas high school programs will have higher attendance figures than the Chargers this year. — MarottaNext: at Denver (Monday night)25. Indianapolis ColtsHi: 19Lo: 27Comment: I don’t want to upset the Kaepernick crowd, but Scott Tolzien is starting for an NFL team this week. — MarottaNext: at Los Angeles Rams (Sunday)26. Jacksonville JaguarsHi: 25Lo: 28Comment: The Jags were a sleeper pick last year. This year, not so much. — MorganNext: at Houston (Sunday)27. Buffalo BillsHi: 25Lo: 29Comment: Who’s running this team? Jackie Moon? The next thing the Bills get rid of will be their washing machine. — MarottaNext: vs. New York Jets (Sunday)28. Los Angeles RamsHi: 25Lo: 29Comment: I have a feeling they’re going to end up higher than this. But not until Aaron Donald shows up for work. — BurnsNext: vs. Indianapolis (Sunday) 1. New England PatriotsHi: 1Lo: 1Comment: Because who else are you going to pick? — BurnsNext: vs. Kansas City (Thursday)2. Seattle SeahawksHi: 2Lo: 4Comment: Seahawks advanced to playoffs for the 5th consecutive season in ’16. Have won 10+ games in each of the past five seasons. — JureckiNext: at Green Bay (Sunday)3. Green Bay PackersHi: 2Lo: 7Comment: Sure, their running back wears #88, but they’re still going to be good. — MarottaNext: vs. Seattle (Sunday)4. Pittsburgh SteelersHi: 2Lo: 6Comment: Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. Oh, my. — MorganNext: at Cleveland (Sunday)5. Atlanta FalconsHi: 2Lo: 9Comment: Bound to feel some after-effects from that Super Bowl meltdown. — LapinskiNext: at Chicago (Sunday) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img 1 Comments   Share   When the NFL season kicks off Thursday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, not only will the world be watching the defending Super Bowl champions — they’ll be watching 2017’s best team as well.The New England Patriots, at least according to our five-member panel at ArizonaSports.com, is once again the top squad even after adding a handful of new pieces like receivers Brandin Cooks and Phillip Dorsett, running back Rex Burkhead and cornerback Stephon Gilmore. They’ll take on the Kansas City Chiefs, who are also highly-regarded in our initial rankings of the season. 14. Carolina PanthersHi: 10Lo: 18Comment: I believe the Panthers will be back, but I still have early-season questions about Newton. — MarottaNext: at San Francisco (Sunday)15. Philadelphia EaglesHi: 11Lo: 22Comment: Good luck figuring out who their main running back is. — LapinskiNext: at Washington (Sunday)16. Houston TexansHi: 14Lo: 20Comment: They’re like the Broncos to me, except they have hope at QB with Watson waiting in the wings. — MarottaNext: vs. Jacksonville (Sunday)17. Minnesota VikingsHi: 14Lo: 21Comment: Bradford started the season 5-0 last year without throwing an interception. — JureckiNext: vs. New Orleans (Monday night)18. Detroit LionsHi: 13Lo: 25Comment: Matthew Stafford made a billion dollars in the time you took to read this. — LapinskiNext: vs. Arizona (Sunday)19. New Orleans SaintsHi: 16Lo: 23Comment: This team has a last-gasp feel to it. — BurnsNext: at Minnesota (Monday night)20. Cincinnati BengalsHi: 14Lo: 24Comment: Over/under on Burfict fines is set at $400K. — MarottaNext: vs. Baltimore (Sunday)21. Washington RedskinsHi: 15Lo: 23Comment: Looking forward to another year of talk about Kirk Cousins’ contract. Yes, that was sarcasm. — MarottaNext: vs. Philadelphia (Sunday) Each week, a panel of Dave Burns, Luke Lapinski, Mike Jurecki, Vince Marotta and Craig Morgan will vote each NFL team from 1 to 32 and we’ll lay out the rankings here for you.Power rankings will normally be published on Tuesday, but this week, in conjunction with the beginning of the season, they’re live on Thursday.Ties will go to the team that receives the majority of higher rankings from our panel.Week 1 Composite Ballot  Burns | Jurecki | Lapinski | Marotta | Morgan The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more