Sheffield Eagles loan signing Dave Petersen is looking to kick start his rugby league career again, after agreeing a short-term deal with the club.
The loose forward inked an initial one month contract with Mark Aston’s side. Director of Rugby Mark Aston confirmed Petersen will travel to Batley on Friday; he is expected to be included in the 17. There will be a question mark over where he will slot into the side, with the versatile operator equally adept in the back row and at hooker.
Petersen has endured a frustrating start to life back in English after he ended his two year stay with Australian side Mackay Cutters, to become full-time with Bradford Bulls during the close season. After picking up an injury he’s had to watch from the sidelines, as a rampant Bulls outfit have bagged 13 consecutive league victories with a settled side.
“I was injured at the start of the season and the guys worked hard to get a good start to earn their spots, so obviously it is hard to get into a side that are winning every week” Petersen conceded. “Coming to Sheffield is a great opportunity, I just want to play as many games as possible. I know that every single game I play is for my career, so I will work as hard as possible every game, and see where that takes me in the long term.”
The 23-year-old boasts Super League experience on his CV after a spell with Hull Kingston Rovers in 2012, where he was a team mate of current Eagles’ hooker Keal Carlile. After serving his apprenticeship ‘Down Under’ he now wants to push on and make a name for himself in the English game, and he believes the experience of playing for the Eagles can only benefit both parties. “I’m happy to be here and looking forward to the opportunity to play,” he added. “I was aware of some interest a couple of weeks back, and now that the loan deal has been sorted out, I am raring to go. It is like a month on trial, I’ll get some game time, try and play well and take it from there.”