Patton keen for regular rugby at half-back as speculation continues over future

Declan Patton has admitted he would be open to remaining wth Warrington in 2019 – but concedes he wants to be playing half-back on a regular basis for the sake of his career.

Patton has caught the eye in recent weeks in a new role of interchange hooker, but speculation is intensifying over his future, with Patton attracting interest and offers from numerous Super League clubs.

And he admits that while he would like to stay with his hometown club beyond this season, the guarantee of regular rugby at half-back is high on his agenda, too.

“I’m leaving it to my agent at the minute,” he said.

“We’re in talks with Warrington at the minute but theres not too much I can say at the minute. Talks are ongoing, and we’ll see how it goes.” When asked if he would like to stay, he said: “Yeah, but obviously I want to be playing.

“I’d love to stay here and things like that – I’ve just not really got any comment on it at the minute. It feels pretty special, what’s happening under Steve (Price) and I want to be part of it here – we’ll see.”

Patton also said that after struggling to gain a place in the 17 for large periods of last season, he’s indebted to Steve Price for finding a place for him in the new-look Wolves – who are now just one win from Wembley following Saturday’s 23-0 win over Wigan.

He said: “Steve has shown a bit of faith in me; I’ve never played hooker before and he’s trying to find somewhere for me, so I’m taking that as a positive.

“We’ll just take it one game at a time though. It was tough to take to at first and I want to be playing in the halves, but I am enjoying it. It’s something a bit different and hopefully I’m giving the team a bit of a spark when I’m coming on.

“I want to be playing half-back, that’s my main priority and that’s my position. I’ve got to do a position for the team at the minute though.

“As a club, it’s changed completely. I know people were bagging us at the beginning of the year but when you change things, it takes time. He’s a good bloke, Steve, he’s got the coaching side and the friendship side and it’s a good mix. We appreciate and listen to everything he’s saying.”