Toronto star Cory Paterson confirms retirement

Drew Darbyshire

Toronto forward Cory Paterson has retired from rugby league after a 13-year career.

The 31-year-old has played for Newcastle Knights, North Queensland Cowboys, Hull KR, Wests Tigers, Salford Red Devils, Leigh Centurions and Toronto during his career.

Paterson helped the Wolfpack win the Championship League Leaders’ Shield this season and qualify for the Million Pound Game before losing out on promotion to London Broncos.

On his retirement, he tweeted: “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.

“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.

“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.”

Paterson made almost 200 career appearances and also played three times for the Indigenous All Stars.