Luke Patten

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Luke Patten (born 9 January 1980 in Bulli, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Salford City Reds of Super League. A Country New South Wales representative fullback he previously played for the Illawarra Steelers and the St George Illawarra Dragons. After moving to the Bulldogs in 2001, Patten won the 2004 NRL Premiership with them.

Playing career

An Illawarra junior, Patten acquired the nickname General because of his surname's similarity to that of General Patton. He played for the St. George Illawarra Dragons at fullback in the 1999 NRL Grand Final loss to the Melbourne Storm. He moved to the Canterbury Bulldogs the following year.

Patten played at fullback for the Bulldogs in their 2004 NRL grand final victory over cross-city rivals, the Sydney Roosters. As 2004 NRL premiers, the Bulldogs faced Super League IX champions, the Leeds Rhinos in the 2005 World Club Challenge. Patten played at fullback and scored a try in the Bulldogs' 32-39 loss.

He was selected for Country in the City vs Country match on 8 May 2009.[1] In 2009, Patten was 19th man for the New South Wales Blues in Game 3.

On 27 July 2010 it was confirmed that Patten would be moving to Europe's Super League, linking up with English club Salford City Reds for 3 years from the 2011 season.[2]

Patten, who left the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs to join Super League side Salford City Reds and Trent Barrett who has which retired at the end of the 2010 NRL season, both being the last remaining former Illawarra Steelers players to play in the NRL.[3]

Career highlights

  • First grade debut: Round 3, 1998 - Illawarra v Newcastle Knights, WIN Stadium.
  • NSW Game 3, 18th Man - 2009.
  • 100th First Grade Try, 30th July 2010..

Awards

  • Bulldogs Player of the Year - 2006.
  • Bulldogs Player of the Year - 2007.[4]

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