Cory Paterson makes Salford return

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Cory Paterson Salford

Former Salford forward Cory Paterson has returned to the club as Player Welfare and Team Manager.

The 34-year-old spent the 2015 season at the Red Devils, having signed from NRL side Wests Tigers. He made 21 appearances for the club, scoring ten tries.

He also had two spells with Leigh, and others with Toronto and Hull KR. Also, he had spells at North Queensland and Newcastle in the NRL.

Speaking to the club website, Paterson said: “I’m really excited to be returning to the club. I’ve made some great memories here and met some great people.

“When Rowls (Rowley) said there’s a position open in the player welfare side, I thought that’s right up my alley. Rowls is a very good friend of mine having played under him.

“I’m really excited to be back in rugby league, I’ve had three years away from it. The main thing I’m looking forward to is being back in the environment with the boys and the coaching staff.”

Head coach Paul Rowley added: “I’m delighted to welcome Cory to the Club. As an ex-Salford player, he’s already familiar with the city and its supporters and has played with and against many of our players.

“I’ve coached Cory on two occasions and he’s always shown a passion for player welfare and well-being. He’s the perfect fit and knows exactly what a winning culture looks like and needs.”

Salford name squad for Super League opener

Salford coach Paul Rowley could hand seven players their debuts on Friday – Ryan Brierley, Tim Lafai, Brodie Croft, Sitaleki Akauola, Shane Wright, King Vuniyayawa and Deon Cross.

Marc Sneyd is set to make his second debut for the Red Devils. He returns to the club after leaving Salford for Hull FC in 2014.

The Red Devils face Castleford on Friday night away from home.

Salford: Brierley, Sio, Lafai, Burgess, Croft, Sneyd, Akauola, Ackers, Burke, Wright, Greenwood, Taylor, Addy, Vuniyayawa, Lannon, Atkin, Johnson, Sarginson, Costello, Luckley, Cross.

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