Luke Patten

Player # 641
Nickname General
Position Fullback
Height 188cm
Weight 87kg
DOB 9th Jan 1980
Origin Bulli, NSW
Junior Club Balgowinie Tigers, Corrimal Cougars
Debut 2001: Round 1 vs Melbourne
Other Clubs Illawarra, St George Illawarra

One of the most under-rated players in the NRL, Luke Patten turns up each week and does his job at the back of the pack.

He played 13 games for Illawarra in 1998 as a fullback and in 1999 he joined St George Illawarra to play 43 games between 1999-2000, including the Grand Final against Melbourne in 1999. 

In season 2001, Luke joined the Bulldogs to be the regular fullback for the next ten seasons, debuting in Round 1 against Melbourne. He played every game in 2001, including the Semi-Final against Cronulla, scoring eight tries in his debut season at the club.

In 2002, he played every game once again and also played for Country Origin. Luke played for Country Origin in 2002 and 2004.

In season 2003, his sequence of consecutive games was interrupted at 53 games, however he did play in the Preliminary Final loss against the Roosters.

On 5th September 2004, against NZ Warriors, Luke played his 100th game for the Bulldogs.  

In 2004, he played in every game, including the Premiership winning game against the Roosters.

In 2004, Luke was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions.

He was one of just three Bulldogs to feature in all 26 games in season 2006 (2073 minutes) and in those appearances he missed just 10 minutes of football after being sin-binned against South Sydney in Round 6. Only Hazem El Masri had more game time with 2083 minutes.

In season 2006, the speedy number one scored 10 tries while he managed to produce the most hit ups and metres gained for the 'Dogs with a total of 411 and 3,622 respectively as he received the Player of the Year award.

In 2007, Luke missed two games due to a shoulder injury but still managed to produce the most metres gained for the Bulldogs with a total of 3,341 metres. He was second to Sonny Bill Williams in the hit up count with 281 compared to Williams 318 but was a clear first in the dummy-half runs count with 101.

Luke played a total of 1,906 minutes, scoring eight tries, setting up five for his team mates and a total of 12 line breaks in an effort which saw him awarded the Player of the Year for the second year running.

In 2008, Luke only played 7 games due to a back injury.

On 4th September 2009, against the Wests Tigers, Luke played his 200th game for the Bulldogs and played 25 games for the 2009 season.

On 27 July 2010 it was confirmed that Luke would be moving to the Super League, linking up with English club Salford City Reds for 3 years from the 2011 season.

On 30th July 2010, Luke scored his 100th try in the NRL against South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

Luke finished his great 10 year career at the Bulldogs by playing 225 NRL games and scoring 82 tries.

In 2013, Luke was awarded Life Membership of the Football Club.

In 2015, Luke was named in the team of the decade as part of the clubs 80th Year celebrations.

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Year Games Tries Goals F Goals Points
2001 28 8 0 0 32
2002 24 9 0 0 36
2003 24 8 0 0 32
2004 28 12 0 0 48
2005 16 7 0 0 28
2006 26 10 0 0 40
2007 24 9 0 0 36
2008 7 4 0 0 16
2009 25 9 0 0 36
2010 23 6 0 0 24
Total: 225 82 0 0 328