Sheffield Eagles will hope to conclude a deal to extend Dave Petersen’s loan from Bradford Bulls before the weekend.
Director of rugby Mark Aston confirmed that he has held tentative talks with Bradford about keeping the versatile operator, but if a deal is to be cemented it remains unclear whether he will be allowed to play for the Eagles when they host the Bulls on Sunday.
The Eagles’ chief is a big admirer of Petersen’s abilities and has spoken previously at length about his desire to keep him at the Keepmoat Stadium, not just in the short-term but also potentially for next season.
Despite being forced to watch from the sidelines, Aston insisted Petersen was only rested and remains confident about keeping the former Hull Kingston Rovers ace.
“We are hopeful; we just need to get things sorted out this week,” Aston told The Star. “Hopefully we can extend his stay and then get him some game time next week if they (Bradford) will allow it. We have had a brief chat with Bradford and they are sorting something out, so we are optimistic we can get something done.
“We had a look at some other permutations on Sunday but I think we missed Dave. He has energy, he’s got attitude and that’s something we focused on before the Halifax game, our attitude, and we came up negative.”
Aston confirmed he is keeping his options open about strengthening in other areas, with the deadline for new recruits fast approaching on July 24.
“We are looking to see if there is anything out there, and if there is someone out there that can help us get to where we want to get, then we will have a look,” he confirmed.
Meanwhile, fellow top four contenders Featherstone Rovers surprisingly parted company with coach Andy Hay after their defeat to Dewsbury Rams. Rovers, who are two points behind the Eagles in the table, still have to play Aston’s side with three rounds of the regular season remaining.
A statement on the Rovers’ website read: “Featherstone Rovers chairman Mark Campbell and Andy Hay have been unable to agree on circumstances surrounding the club’s recent form, which has led to these new developments.”