Sheffield Eagles: Hope alive for Petersen return

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Sheffield Eagles still harbour hopes of resurrecting a loan deal for Dave Petersen after his initial stint with the club expired.

The versatile operator concluded his initial one-month spell with the club following the recent defeat to Halifax, and Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston was keen to extend his deal before Sunday’s victory over Petersen’s parent club Bradford Bulls.

Despite making noises suggesting a deal was close, Aston confirmed that dialogue was continuing between the two clubs.

But the Bulls were not prepared to do a deal to allow him to play on Sunday as the Eagles took a major step towards a cementing a place in the middle eights with a 32-30 victory.

“We love Dave Petersen here,” Aston told The Star.

“The deal needs to be done with Bradford.

“They wouldn’t allow him to play on Sunday and this is fair comment because if we would have beaten them with him in, there would have been hell on.

“Dave’s been with us, he’s been part of it and he has been excellent for the last four weeks. We want him part of this team and club going forward. Let’s hope the deal can be done in the next day or so.”

Aston has not hidden the fact that he would like to keep the 23-year-old former Hull KR ace, hinting that he may look to do a permanent deal if Bradford allow his contract to run out at the end of the season.

Petersen is down the pecking order at Odsal and a permanent stay with the Eagles is a distinct possibility.

In the short-term it remains to be seen whether the Bulls will allow the 23-year-old to return, with the Eagles almost certain to be joining James Lowes’ side in the middle eights, as they both battle for a potential return to Super League.

“If Dave doesn’t feature in Bradford’s plans then you would like to think they would let him play,” Aston added.

“It all depends on what Bradford want to do with him, he’s their player at the end of the day.”

Meanwhile, after a re-calculation of numbers the club have confirmed that Sunday’s game with Featherstone is in fact the landmark 1000th game, after it was previously thought to be the recent fixture with Halifax. To commemorate the milestone the players will warm up in special t-shirts which will be made available for fans to buy after the game.