Dec Patton could move clubs twice in unique transfer deal

Dec Patton could be on the move TWICE in the next number of months, with an immediate move to Featherstone Rovers in the works. Rugby League Live understands the Championship side has negotiated a deal with Swinton Lions to secure a move for the rest of the season. However, Patton could be playing elsewhere in 2025.

That's because Patton is understood to be in advanced talks with Widnes Vikings, who want to sign the 29-year-old next season. However, that hasn't prevented Featherstone from pursuing a move for the halfback immediately, despite there being no assurances he will stay beyond the end of the season.

Patton is in his first season at Swinton and has rediscovered his top form under coach Alan Kilshaw since his move to the club, having spent the previous two seasons at Bradford Bulls. Before that, Patton had played for Salford and Warrington Wolves.

Now 29, he has been a top performer for Swinton this year, and that has attracted the attention of Featherstone, who have recently been boosted by fresh financial investment courtesy of a consortium featuring their player, Paddy Handley. That has seen the club look to add further additions, which will help them compete for Championship honours later this year.

But any move to the club could be brief, with Widnes looking to tie up a deal for next year. Patton, who played over 100 games for Warrington at the start of his career, previously played for Widnes on dual-registration terms, though his next involvement with the club could be a permanent one.

From Swinton's perspective, Patton's loss is a blow, but a premature exit will give them time to plan accordingly and for Kilshaw to start planning for life beyond the halfback, who is certain to leave the club at the end of the season.

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