Paterson announces retirement

NRL WA would like to congratulate Cory Paterson on a stellar career after the former South Perth Lions junior announced his retirement from rugby league earlier this week.

A 200 + gamer across the NRL, Super League and English Championship, Paterson was a great servant for all seven clubs he played for during his 13-year career.

An Australian Schoolboys representative, Paterson also made three appearances for the NRL Indigenous All-Stars between 2010-2012 and took to Twitter to announce his retirement.

“It’s been a dream come true to play the sport I love professionally for the last 13 years but it’s time for me to hang the boots up,” the 31-year-old said.

“I want to thank my family for all their efforts and sacrifices when I was a kid. My coach and team staff for their help and guidance.

“My team-mates who have made this journey so special both on and off the field. All the fans who have supported me through the good times and bad.”

Having represented the Newcastle Knights, North Queensland Cowboys, Hull Kingston Rovers, Wests Tigers, Salford Red Devils, Leigh Centurions, and most recently the Toronto Wolfpack throughout his career, the 6″5′ second-rower concluded by thanking his family for their on-going support.

“Last but not least my wife Sarah and my kids. Thanks for always believing in me and allowing me to live my dream. It’s been a fun ride,” he said.

Paterson’s final career appearance came during a 17-16 win over Leeds Rhinos in the Super 8’s competition – a game where the 100kg forward bagged a try.

Paterson will be back in Perth on Friday night with a scheduled appearance at George Burnett Park for South Perth’s ‘A Night With Pato’ event planned.

The event starts at 7pm and is free for all.