Toronto Wolfpack continue to draw in the big names ahead of their 2018 Rugby League Championship campaign with the capture of skilled utility forward Cory Paterson on a two year deal. Paterson is the third player to head for the exits at Leigh Centurions following their relegation from Super League little over two months ago. He joins a Wolfpack squad boasting tremendous strength and depth in what will be the club’s toughest test to date.
Paterson is one of the most experienced players in the game. At 30 years old he enters his 12th season at the top level after having success on both sides of the world. After making his NRL debut for Newcastle Knights in 2007, the rangy backrower has enjoyed spells at North Queensland Cowboys and Wests Tigers as well as stints in England for Hull KR and Salford Red Devils.
Proud of his indigenous Australian heritage, Paterson has represented the Indigenous All Stars on 3 occasions but his sporting achievements extend beyond that of rugby league. He boasts two professional boxing fights at heavy weight division, meaning there will be no shortage of toughness in the Toronto ranks this year where he is concerned.
Blessed with power, pace and a high level of ball skill, Paterson is adept at playing in a number of positions in the forwards. He can also be a handy replacement in the backs making him an important addition to the Wolfpack roster as Head Coach Paul Rowley looks for the perfect balance of players in 2018.
Paterson is relishing the move, admitting his excitement ahead of the new season. He said:
“There are a lot of aspects that tick a lot of boxes for me at this club.
“I know a lot of the boys and coaching staff so it’s a smooth transition for me. The training has been really hard but really enjoyable so far.”
After playing in front of big crowds in both hemispheres, Paterson admitted the draw of playing in front of an entirely new audience was too good to miss. He continued:
“The excitement of playing in Canada really appealed to me. Hopefully we can be really successful in the Championship this year. I like to travel and see new things so this will be a great opportunity for me and my family to do that whilst doing what I love; this opportunity was one I just couldn’t pass up.”
Paul Rowley was pleased to welcome another decorated star to the club, stating that Paterson was the perfect fit for what Toronto are looking to achieve this year. He commented:
“Cory is a ball playing second rower. He is very tall and has a good physical presence. He’s very experienced and has been promoted to Super League before with Leigh so he knows what it’s all about.
“I like my players to be highly skilled and he has a good game sense which is really important as well.”