Duffie to make long awaited return

Matt Duffie will make his long awaited return for Storm on Saturday night, 847 days after making his last appearance for the Club in an NRL match.

The New Zealand international will line-up on the wing for Craig Bellamy's side against the Dragons in Napier on Saturday night for his 54th first-grade game. Duffie last turned out in a premiership match in Round 4, 2013 at Suncorp Stadium, scoring two tries as Storm secured a strong victory over the Broncos.

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The 24-year old has been cruelled by injuries in recent years, not allowing him to recapture the form that saw the winger earn national representation for New Zealand in 2011.

Duffie's 2012 season was cut short due to a shoulder injury before back to back knee injuries requiring re-constructions in 2013 and 2014 continued his luckless run. As a result, he has only managed four matches over the past two and a half seasons.

A strong resilience, hard work ethic and diligent attitude applied to rehabilitation over the past three seasons can be credited to Duffie's return which will see the well liked outside back perhaps fittingly, make a comeback in his home country, New Zealand on Saturday evening.