NRL 2022: Brent Naden and Matt Dufty, Naden signing midweek, Transfer Whispers, Wests Tigers, Michael Maguire, news, highlights, results

Midweek Tigers rookie Brent Naden was caught in a fight with former teammate Matt Dufty moments after the final whistle.

Tigers rookie Brent Naden was captured grabbing Bulldogs fullback Matt Dufty by the collar after their Round 11 clash.

Naden made a shock change midweek following the departure of Trent Barrett and was named to Michael Maguire’s extended squad to the surprise of many.

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Eagle-eyed rugby league fans spotted the transfer, and just moments after squad lists dropped at 4pm on Tuesday afternoon, both clubs issued a statement.

The 26-year-old was the first to leave the Bulldogs and there was clearly no love lost following the Tigers’ 36-22 win.

Footage of the quick meltdown was not aired on the show, but as Dufty approached and whispered something in Naden’s ear, the former Panther was clearly offended.

Naden faced Dufty for a few seconds before letting him go as the former Dragons fullback stalked away.

The off-season rookie left the Canterbury-Bankstown club on Tuesday according to News Corp, after joining to play under Barrett.

Naden’s manager Allan Gainey has reportedly spotted an opening with the Tigers who have a host of outside defenders on the sidelines.

Usually appearing on the Bulldogs’ wing, Naden reportedly approached Phil Gould to reprise his role as a native center and was turned down after the NRL supremo highlighted the young talent the club had in the position.

Regular centers Adam Doueihi and James Roberts were injured, while England import Oliver Gildart’s form did not warrant selection.

Luke Garner had been deployed as a center under Maguire to fill the hole, but in the end Tyrone Peachey and Naden took the center spots in Round 11.

Naden was the first to leave the club in the turmoil, signing an 18-month deal with cross-town rivals Bulldogs and was strong on his debut, registering 101 running yards, two tackle jumps, an assist to the line break and trial aid at Leichhardt Oval.

Originally published as Brent Naden’s final whistle with ex-teammate after Bulldogs exit

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