Paterson reveals release clause
Hull KR's Australian forward Cory Paterson has revealed he has a release clause in his contract making him a free agent if coach Craig Sandercock leaves the club.
The 25-year-old second rower played under Sandercock at Newcastle Knights and followed him to the Super League this year when he joined the Robins on a two-year contract from North Queensland.
Sandercock's own two-year deal runs out this season and he is not guaranteed to get an extension, with the Robins currently languishing outside the top eight after missing out on the play-offs in his first season.
Paterson, who has made a big impression in his first three months in England, made the revelation about the unusual clause on his Twitter account and confirmed it to reporters at Craven Park.
"I just answered the question truthfully," he said.
"It does show loyalty but, in saying that, I'm having a great time here.
"I love the place, I really enjoying playing for the Rovers and, at the end of the day, I'm happy here.
"That's all that matters. If I'm going to be happy here next year, I'll stay. There's a lot of water to go under the bridge yet.
"I don't know why everybody is kicking up such a fuss."
Paterson, who has missed just one of Rovers' opening 12 Super League matches, has played himself into contention for a place in the Exiles team to play England in June.
But he also qualifies for England and Scotland and would love to play in the World Cup at the end of the year.
"I've got a British passport and it would be very special to play for England," he said. "My mother is born and bred here.
"I wouldn't want to take a jersey off a Liam Farrell or someone who has grown up here and deserves it probably a bit more than I do.
"In saying that, if I get the chance, I'd do my best definitely."
Paterson also has a Scottish grandfather but has yet to be approached by either Scotland coach Steve McCormack or England boss Steve McNamara.
"I've just been going about my business," he said. "I guess it's whoever picks me first, England, Scotland or Exiles."
Paterson will get his first experience of the Challenge Cup when Hull KR host St Helens in the tie of the fourth round on Saturday.
The Robins, who beat Saints 22-14 at Craven Park in Super League only 10 days ago, will have stand-off Travis Burns returning from injury and suspension which has kept him out for the last three matches.
The former Penrith half-back was forced to sit out the first four rounds of Super League due to a suspension carried over from his NRL career but then helped Rovers to four wins from his first five matches after quickly striking up an effective partnership with fellow Australian Michael Dobson.
"It's good to have your number one halves combination back," said Sandercock. "We need to get them playing week in, week out now.
"Travis is a good talker - he would talk under water - and having him out there is really important for the young kids in our team."