Sheffield Eagles want Dave and that’s no Bull

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Sheffield Eagles Director of Rugby Mark Aston would like to sign Bradford Bulls loanee Dave Petersen on a permanent basis.

The versatile operator joined Eagles on a temporary stint after he failed to break into the Bulls side.

After making his Eagles bow from the bench in the defeat of Batley, he was given a start in Saturday’s victory over Whitehaven at Castle Park.

With the Hull-born ace out of contract at Odsal Stadium at the end of this campaign, Aston would like to make Petersen a full-time fixture should the opportunity arise. “Dave keeps giving me a kick because I keep saying he has another year with Bradford, but in fact he hasn’t! Aston told The Star. “He is certainly someone that we’d like to talk to should the possibility arise.”

Aston has been impressed with Petersen’s professionalism and would like to continue to work with the former Hull Kingston Rovers star, as the Eagles look to secure a position in the end of season middle eight.

“At the end of the day he fits the bill with what we look at in players” Aston enthused. “I like him, he has good character about him and a great attitude. He wants to be the best he can be, which is important because we want to coach players here who want to be the best.

Last week Aston let 21-year-old prop Jack Blagbrough joined Championship One outfit York City Knights on a one month deal, and there is scope for more of his fringe players to go on loan, as the Eagles’ chief looks to have his players match fit for a finale.

“It is just young Jack going out for the moment, but there is a possibility for one or two others to go out and play,” he said. “There are players like Ben Musolino that need to be out there playing because he needs to be ready to jump in for us at any time.”