The upcoming Super 8s could have a huge bearing on the long term future of Sheffield Eagles’ latest signing Dave Petersen.
Petersen could line up against his former employers Bradford Bulls this Sunday, after the Eagles swooped for his signature before the end of the season following his release from the Odsal Stadium.
Petersen has signed a short-term deal until the end of the season giving the versatile loose forward seven games to show director of rugby Mark Aston that he has a long-term future with the Eagles.
Whilst Aston will be fully focused on the upcoming Super 8s, Aston will also have one eye on next season knowing that he needs to build a squad to match the Eagles step up to a full-time operation from November.
“Dave hasn’t played for Bradford all season so I think it was important for him to get away and play,” Aston told The Star.
“We have brought him here and now we can focus on Dave Petersen. The most important thing about this switch is that he gets out of it what he wants to get out of it.”
Petersen enjoyed a successful one-month loan spell with the Eagles prior to his release by Bradford, and also boasts Super League experience with Hull Kingston Rovers on his CV.
In the short-term Petersen will be desperate to show what Bradford are missing after failing to make an appearance at Odsal, after joining James Lowes’ side during the close season from Aussie side Mackay Cutters.
“It was important that we added somebody else before the Super 8s and Dave has been in the system a while now, and wants to be the best he can be,” Aston added.
“He is the type of player that we are always looking for, and it is important that we get players like him in.
“He’s been released by Bradford now and is part of the Sheffield Eagles furniture. He is only going to get better.
“We will look and evaluate him over the next seven games and see where he is at. If we feel he can come to the next level with us then we will offer him a contract, and if not he will go on a different journey.”
Meanwhile, prop forward Jack Blagbrough has extended his loan spell with League One outfit York City Knights until October 5. The 21-year-old has made three appearances earlier in the season for the Eagles.