Salford Red Devils: Cory Paterson open to boxing return

Cory Paterson
Cory Paterson scored seven tries in 17 appearances during his last spell in England.

Salford Red Devils forward Cory Paterson says he has not given up on his ring career despite returning to rugby league.

The 27-year-old left Australian side West Tigers at the end of last season to become a professional boxer.

However, the former Newcastle Knights, North Queensland and Hull KR second-row has now agreed a one-year deal at the AJ Bell Stadium.

"I still am serious about it but it's just been put on hold," he said.

"I've had two fights and two wins now so I'm successful at it, but it's just one of those things that I still want to play football while I still can.

"If the opportunity comes up to fight, maybe in an off season or something, then I'll definitely look at it," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

The move to the Red Devils had reunited Paterson with half-back Michael Dobson after their spell at Hull KR together.

"Dobbo and I are good mates and we compliment each other well I think," he added.

"He's a fantastic player, a really good bloke and I'm really looking forward to playing with him again because he definitely helped me, and I like to think I helped him out a little bit too."