Canterbury have emerged as a potential destination for Paul Vaughan as coach Trent Barrett considers throwing the sacked star a lifeline.
The Bulldogs on Sunday announced the signing of St George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty on a one-year deal, although the club’s signing spree is far from over. Brisbane forward Tevita Pangai jnr is a target, while the Herald can reveal that Vaughan is also in Barrett’s sights.
Paul Vaughan could be Belmore bound.Credit:NRL Photos
The Tigers are also in the mix for Pangai’s signature, but the joint-venture outfit could turn its attention to Vaughan should the Tongan international shift to Belmore.
The Bulldogs have already made a slew of significant signings for 2022 in the form of Dufty, Josh Addo-Carr, Matt Burton and Brent Naden.
“I think the game’s lending itself to players with X-factor at the moment and he’s certainly got that,” Barrett said of Dufty after Saturday night’s loss to the Roosters.
“Addo-Carr, Burton and Naden [have committed] and we’ve got young blokes coming through … there are some green shoots coming and there’s good things happening at the club, we’ve just got to keep punching.”
Dufty, one of the 13 Dragons players at Vaughan’s infamous BBQ, has finally resolved his future after the Dragons said he wasn’t part of their plans.
“Everyone knows what an exciting player Matt Dufty is and his record of scoring 44 tries in 79 matches is testimony to the attacking flair that he brings,” said Bulldogs chief executive Aaron Warburton.
“He is quick and elusive with valuable NRL experience, and we believe that he will be an outstanding complement to our backline for next season.
“We are continuing to create the squad that we believe can be successful for next season and beyond, and Matt will be someone who I am sure our fans will be excited to watch run out in the blue and white next year.”
English giants St Helens had made an aggressive pitch to bring the fullback to the United Kingdom, but Dufty said earlier this month he still had unfinished business in the NRL.
“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,” Dufty said.
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