Dec Patton targeting promotion after making Championship move

Dec Patton in action for Salford
Dec Patton

Bradford have signed former Warrington half-back Dec Patton from Salford on a one-year deal.

Patton, 26, played more than 100 games for the Wolves, including the 2016 Super League Grand Final, before joining the Red Devils for the 2021 season.

In 2018 he won two caps for England Knights, but has found games hard to come by at the AJ Bell Stadium.

He said: “I am excited to be joining Bradford – it has been a weird couple of seasons for me not playing much. I am excited to get my career back on track and enjoy my rugby again.

“From talking to John he thinks we aren’t far away and can push for the top 2 next year and push closer for promotion and as a rugby player you all want to play in those big games.

“Hopefully I can help with that, I am more than happy to try do what I can for the club and add my way of playing.”

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Warrington-born Patton came through the Wolves academy and made his debut in 2015, as well as featuring on loan for Rochdale.

He made two appearances for Widnes on loan in the Championship in the 2020 season.

Super League standard

Coach John Kear added: “To get a Super League standard half-back is a real big coup for the club and is a massive statement of intent. 

If we see players who will add value to our playing group and help us ensure we continue to improve year on year, we have to pursue it and luckily we were in the right place at the right time. 

“He was impressed with the facilities and the club’s ambition so to get him on board shows that Bradford still does have some pull.

“Dec wants to play Super League, we want to get back into Super League and he will certainly be a key contributer towards that goal.”

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