Perth-born Cory Paterson is a prime example of how if you work hard, anything is possible.
A former South Perth Lions junior, Paterson is one of WA’s most decorated and recognised rugby league players, having amassed almost 200 games across the NRL, Super League and English Championship.
2019 will look very different for the 31-year-old, however, with Paterson to take on an active role in the development of West Coast Pirates players during the SG Ball season.
“I had some good people around me when I was growing up,” Paterson said.
“I just want to give back to these kids and give them an insight into what they are capable of.”
Having missed out on the opportunity of playing for the Western Reds himself, Paterson wants to assist the next generation of Pirates players.
“These kids have got a great opportunity,” he said.
“They’re going to be in the shop window for nine weeks playing against NRL clubs.
They have all of these opportunities and I don’t want them to squander it.”
After hanging up his boots last year, Paterson is relishing being back in his home town.
“I’ve been away 15 years and want to bring my young family back home and try and get back involved in the footy here,” he said.
“I just want to show my face and try and give a bit of belief and show anything is possible if you’re willing to work hard.”
Above all, Paterson has a simple message for the Pirates Crew.
“If I can make it – any of these kids can make it,” he said.
“I was never the most talented but was always the hardest worker. When you work hard and have a bit of talent you can make it – just because you’re from Perth doesn’t mean you can’t.”