Former South Perth Lions star Cory Paterson has his eyes set on the Super League ahead of this weekend’s Million Pound Game.
Paterson’s Toronto Wolfpack will square off against the London Broncos in rugby league’s richest game on Sunday, with the Perth-born forward hoping to guide rugby league’s newest franchise to Super League for the first time in the club’s history.
“This game will give rugby league a chance to grow globally,” Paterson said.
“There’s a lot of excitement with a new team a bit of freshness.”
After finishing top of the Championship with an impressive 20 wins from their 23 games, Toronto, playing in their third season, qualified for the Million Pound game after finishing fourth in the 2018 Qualifiers – only missing out on automatic promotion on points differential.
Paterson has been a huge part of the Wolfpack’s success in 2018 – scoring 11 tries in 18 games, including two in his last two.
Having played almost 50 games in England’s top flight for Hull Kingston Rovers and Salford Red Devils, the 31-year-old is hungry to return to the Super League.
“The whole reason a lot of us joined was to experience something new and get into Super League, and now we have that opportunity,” Paterson said.
The Wolfpack will have to be on the top of their game come Sunday but will take confidence from a 34-22 win over the Broncos the last time the sides met at the start of September.