AFTER returning to Australia to become an agent, former representative fullback Luke Patten is set to launch a new career – as a video referee.
With the NRL striving to put some of last year’s biggest officiating gaffes behind it, Patten has been co-opted to join the ranks of the eyes in the sky – starting in round one.
Patten declined to confirm the news when contacted by RLW. It’s understood new referees coach Daniel Anderson is planning an announcement in the coming days.
Patten – who was to be a manager of NRL players this year – recently contributed to a winding up order for his former British club Salford, claiming unpaid wages.
New owner Dr Marwan Koukash has publically said all creditors will be paid.
Anderson has another issue on his plate after the All Star game on Saturday – shoulder charges. Indigenous All Stars prop George Rose was angry at being penalised under new rules for an “armless tackle”.
– STEVE MASCORD
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