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Dragons fullback Matt Dufty has opened up on his “troublesome” relationship with coach Anthony Griffin forward of his return to the NRL on Sunday.

The 25-year-old performs his first sport within the high grade since a 32-10 loss to the Gold Coast in Spherical 19.

Griffin had opted to play Tyrell Sloan and Jack Hen on the again in his place but it surely did little to breathe life into the Dragons’ season with three extra losses piling on and their season left in tatters.

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Whereas Dufty’s defence has been questioned, he has been a relentless spark in assault when enjoying on the again with 13 attempt assists, 11 linebreak assists and 49 sort out busts this yr.

Chatting with the Sydney Morning Heraldforward of his return sport, Dufty described his relationship with Griffin as “troublesome” whereas additionally revealing a “distinction of opinion” between the pair.

“The humorous factor is after we don’t discuss footy we get alongside,” he informed the Herald.

“We simply have completely different types of footy.

“I’ve by no means questioned his selections or back-chatted, and no matter he needs to do I attempt to implement. I’m not impolite. I’m respectful to all my coaches.

“I actually do attempt to play the type he needs me to play, however I can’t assist it generally after I’m on the sphere, and I’ll go away from construction.

“There’s only a distinction of opinion with what he needs and what I can truly carry.”

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Whereas admitting Hen had been “actually good” throughout his stint on the again, Griffin hinted final week that he would contemplate recalling Dufty.

Dufty was initially changed by younger gun Sloan earlier than Griffin opted to play Hen at fullback as an alternative.

Previous to their essential conflict with Canberra, Griffin mentioned Hen truly wished to play there to get extra concerned within the play.

“We thought if we had somebody slightly bit extra sturdy and senior again there in such a sport, the Raiders are an enormous workforce they usually’ve obtained a superb kicking sport, so it’ll give Jack that chance,” he mentioned.

“In assault it frees him as much as assist Normy and Cluney from the again there as nicely.”

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