Rugby league: Sheffield Eagles eye more signings

Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston
Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston
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Sheffield Eagles may still look to add more new faces following the signing of Dave Petersen from Bradford Bulls on a one-month loan deal.

The former Hull Kingston Rovers operator joined the Eagles yesterday, and will be included in the 19-man squad for Friday’s clash with Batley Bulldogs.

With Petersen through the door, director of rugby Mark Aston hasn’t ruled out more incomings over the next couple of weeks as he looks to gather the necessary points to take the Eagles into the middle eight.

“We are looking still without a shadow of a doubt and if we can strengthen then we will,” Aston told The Star.

“There is nothing really to speak about at this moment in time, but we are talking to people. It is unlikely that anything will happen before Friday, but there is certainly potential for more business to be done over the next couple of weeks.”

Petersen trained with the Eagles for the first time on Sunday and is expected to play some part in Friday’s clash with John Kear’s Batley, as the Eagles look to build on the phenomenal second-half display that blew away Hunslet Hawks last week.

The versatile loose forward has had his season disrupted by injuries, resulting in a frustrating time waiting to make his debut for the Bulls after joining during the close season.

Following a loan spell with League One side Oxford, Petersen’s injuries are now behind him, Aston believes.

“He is fully fit and, as we have seen in training. He has got stuck into the work that has been done,” Aston said.

“It hasn’t been easy. We have been tough on them this week so far with plenty of fitness work, but he has fitted right in with what we are doing.”

During Petersen’s spell with Hull KR he was a teammate of Eagles hooker Keal Carlile, and Aston confirmed he sought his advice before finalising the details of the move.

“He played with Keal at Hull KR and obviously when you do your homework on a player you speak to people,” he said.

“I spoke to Keal. He said he rated him very highly and that he’s a fierce competitor.”