Cory Paterson: 'We'll try to send Hull KR fans home with bragging rights'
HULL KR second rower Cory Paterson is determined to do all he can do send the Rovers fans home happy this weekend.
After suffering a fair few disappointments last season, Sunday's derby against Hull FC is the first chance to gain some bragging rights – even if the match is only a friendly.
Paterson is one of eight new signings made by coach Craig Sandercock, who won one of the three Super League derbies last season.
And although the 25-year-old may be new to the city, he already knows the importance of the game for the fans who give their loyal support throughout the season.
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"This friendly game is more for the fans," Paterson told the Mail. "They pay their hard earned money to watch both sides play.
"For us, as Rovers players, we can determine whether our fans go home happy or not.
"For them, it's all about bragging rights.
"For me personally, it's my first derby and I just have to do my job as best as I can to help my team out."
Rovers' fans got their first glimpse of Paterson in last week's 32-10 win over a youthful Wigan side.
Despite only playing 40 minutes, Paterson was named man-of-the-match, thanks to a string of superb big hits and powerful runs.
Whilst surprised to get the accolade, he isn't getting carried away with it and as he knows it's still only pre-season.
"I thought there were players out on the pitch against Wigan that were better than me," Paterson said.
"If we all do our job, those accolades will come.
"Don't get me wrong, I was honoured to be named man-of-the-match but it was only a friendly and there is still a long way to go yet.
"It was good to see how many turned out to watch our game last week against a young Wigan team on a miserable Sunday afternoon in January."
Already on the path to becoming a fans' favourite with an all-action display, the former Newcastle Knights second rower showed his full range of skills.
But his kick-offs really caught the eye and he feels they will help his side throughout the course of the season.
"I can get some good hang-time on my kicks which will allow the chasing players time to get down and make their tackles," he said.
"If my kick-offs can help the team then all very well.
"It's another part of my game that can help the team.
"I don't go out to try and be a hero, I just do my job and make my tackles stick.
"I just defend as hard as I can."