Cory Paterson has been announced as Perth’s first NRL Advocate for the NRL’s Community State of Mind and Voice Against Violence programs.

NRL WA would like to congratulate Cory Paterson on being named the first Perth-based NRL Advocate for the NRL’s Community State of Mind and Voice Against Violence programs.

A former South Perth Lions junior, Paterson is one of the most successful Perth-born rugby league players of all time – having amassed almost 200 professional games across his 12-year career and says he can’t wait to get started in his new role.

“I’ll be going out to clubs and schools and giving out presentations – it’s going to be quite a state-wide thing,” he said.

The 31-year-old says it’s a special feeling to be the first person from Perth to be appointed to the position.

“I’m pretty lucky to be the first, but there’s no point being the first and no good at it,” Paterson said.

“I want to be the first and hopefully be the best at it.

“Being from Perth is special to me, which is why I’ve come back home.”

Paterson says he is looking forward to working with NRL WA staff to grow the game in his home state.

“I think there are some really good blocks being laid by John Sackson and Tony Crowe,” he said.

“It’s good to give back and be part of the NRL in that capacity.”