Sheffield Eagles: Dave Petersen secures permanent switch

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Ahead of their game with London Broncos tomorrow, Sheffield Eagles have confirmed the permanent signing of Dave Petersen on a deal until the end of the season.

Petersen has mutually agreed to terminate his deal with Bradford Bulls, and signs for the Eagles on a deal until the end of the season.

The former Hull KR loose forward enjoyed a successful loan stint with the Eagles this season, and his arrival will be a huge boost to director of rugby Mark Aston who was been frantically working behind the scenes to get the deal over the line.

“Everyone knows what we think of Dave here, and it was always my intention to try and get him back for an extended stay,” said Aston.

“He’s a great lad, always willing to work hard in training to try and improve and those of the types of individuals we want here.”

The Eagles travel to The Hive for their final game of the regular Kingstone Press Championship season tomorrow, after already assuring their place in the end of season middle eight with victory over Featherstone Rovers last weekend.

Aston has previously revealed that he would like to rest some of his star names, whilst also hinting that players who have been nursing knocks in recent weeks will be given time to rest up ahead of the promotion/relegation middle eight.

“There are plenty of bumps and bruises amongst the lads; there is no doubt about that,” he added.

“Kyle Briggs has been playing with injections for the last week or two and it has been a struggle for him, but credit to him he has got through it. We certainly could give him a rest. We have got Keal Carlile in exactly the same situation whilst Michael Knowles didn’t train at all last week before Featherstone but still played.”

Aston gave his clearest hint yet that talented hooker Greg Burns will be given a chance to impress, after featuring earlier in the campaign.

“There is scope to make some changes,” Aston continued.

“There are one or two players that we could do with having a look at. Young Greg Burns has been in good form for the reserves, it is maybe time again for us to have a look at him to see where exactly he is at. Connor Scott is another young lad that we might have a look at.”

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