DAVE Petersen has become the Bulls’ third new recruit after the former Hull KR player agreed a one-year deal for next season.
The versatile loose forward arrives from Australian Intrust Super Cup outfit Mackay Cutters and follows Dan Fleming and Jake Mullaney in joining Jimmy Lowes’ men for 2015.
Petersen has a fine pedigree, having progressed through the ranks at Craven Park and captaining the under-18s side before stepping up to the under-20s and then making four first-team appearances, scoring one try.
The 22-year-old moved to Australia in 2012 to join the Cutters but is now keen to return home and make his mark with Bradford in the Championship.
Petersen, a former Hull Wyke amateur, said: “The opportunity to come home and play for a club like Bradford was one I simply could not afford to turn down.
“The idea of playing under James Lowes was what swayed my decision to sign for the Bulls, knowing someone who cares so much about the club is in charge.
“I have really progressed as a player during my time with the Cutters and have lived a great lifestyle in Australia, but feel ready to return to the UK and kick on.
“This is a big chance for me and I want to make an impact. Bradford is a great club, with firm foundations now in place, and I hope to help them get back to where they belong.
“I’m extremely enthusiastic and am committed to working very hard. That’s the kind of game I will be bringing to the Bulls.
“The opportunity to sign for Mackay was one I could not afford to turn down, despite looking like I would be staying in Super League with the Rovers.
“I saw it as a chance to better my life and career and I believe I have done that. Now I’m just looking forward to my future with Bradford.”
Petersen arrives boasting further experience of life outside Super League, having aided Workington Town’s 2012 Championship promotion charge after being dual-registered with the Cumbrian side.
Lowes said Petersen will bring added power and aggression to the Provident Stadium next season.
“Dave is a very talented, young individual – with a big future in the game,” said the Bulls chief.
“He was highly regarded before he left Hull KR and has only got better during his time Down Under.
“He provides us with options in the middle, he is very versatile, committed and aggressive.
“We look forward to welcoming Dave aboard later this year, ahead of a massive league campaign for the club.”
Petersen will see out the rest of the Cutters’ Intrust Super Cup campaign, before joining the Bulls for pre-season training in October.