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20th June 2019, 10:31 | Leigh
Cory Paterson has come out of retirement to re-join Betfred Championship club Leigh Centurions for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Leigh Centurions Head Coach John Duffy said: “Cory’s situation popped up over the last few days after a conversation with Derek. I met Cory and he demonstrated his passion to play again for Leigh Centurions. He still lives in Leigh; all his neighbours talk about Leigh and as his last game was that Million Pound Game, he doesn’t want his career with the club to end on a sour note.
“He has got the opportunity to play in a team where he knows a lot of the personnel and he’ll enjoy our environment.
“Cory is a very good player. He’s highly skilled and very professional and he will add value to our group.”
Cory Paterson said: “It’s been a crazy few days. Everyone is coming back to Leigh and I thought I’d join the Gang.
“Since retiring from Toronto I’ve been doing some coaching and some real-world stuff but the other day I caught up with Derek for a chat and a coffee. He asked me if I missed playing. I said that living in Leigh I’d love to come back if I could play for Leigh.
“Things happened really quickly, and I met with Duffs and here I am. I’m really excited. I live in Leigh with my family and it hurts me that my last game for the club was the Million Pound Game which we lost. I never wanted it to finish that way.
“Now I’m thankful and happy to have the chance to put that right. I feel at home in Leigh and have a sense of belonging and to have the opportunity to represent the town and the people again is a great feeling.”