Bradford Bulls sign forward Dave Petersen from Australian club

Dave Petersen is looking forward to the challenge

Dave Petersen is looking forward to the challenge

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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.

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8:35am Mon 4 Aug 14

BradfordSportsFan says...

Presume this means Donaldson and/or Addy have secured a move elsewhere which is a shame but not a surprise.

Maybe the Donaldson to Pies rumour was actually true.

Am glad we're signing a number of promising young players with an eye to building a team that could play together for a number of years, rather than signing a group of journey men just to get us up then having to recruit a whole new team again.
Presume this means Donaldson and/or Addy have secured a move elsewhere which is a shame but not a surprise. Maybe the Donaldson to Pies rumour was actually true. Am glad we're signing a number of promising young players with an eye to building a team that could play together for a number of years, rather than signing a group of journey men just to get us up then having to recruit a whole new team again. BradfordSportsFan
  • Score: 9

8:36am Mon 4 Aug 14

Ray Mac says...

This lad will be an excellent loose forward, haven't had one since Mike Forshaw, Good signing Mr Lowes
This lad will be an excellent loose forward, haven't had one since Mike Forshaw, Good signing Mr Lowes Ray Mac
  • Score: 9

8:39am Mon 4 Aug 14

Ray Mac says...

I believe Danny Addy will be staying.
I believe Danny Addy will be staying. Ray Mac
  • Score: 3

10:24am Mon 4 Aug 14

no1smytho says...

Addy is going i believe
Addy is going i believe no1smytho
  • Score: 4

11:13am Mon 4 Aug 14

bully4us says...

Addy might be going or staying - I believe!
Addy might be going or staying - I believe! bully4us
  • Score: 11

12:07pm Mon 4 Aug 14

axelf1963 says...

Another average and cheap player well done bradford
Another average and cheap player well done bradford axelf1963
  • Score: -21

12:17pm Mon 4 Aug 14

colgre says...

Just seen the Pontefract & Castleford Express and the Fev chairman confirmed that Bulls have completed the signing of Etu Uaissele....
More good work from Jimmy & Ferres...COYB...
Just seen the Pontefract & Castleford Express and the Fev chairman confirmed that Bulls have completed the signing of Etu Uaissele.... More good work from Jimmy & Ferres...COYB... colgre
  • Score: 13

12:35pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Bowlingboy says...

Good signing by the sound of it,
Hopefully addy and o Brian put pen to paper soon.
Good signing by the sound of it, Hopefully addy and o Brian put pen to paper soon. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 6

12:43pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Melbull says...

Anybody heard of a replacement scrum half in lieu of LG
Anybody heard of a replacement scrum half in lieu of LG Melbull
  • Score: 2

1:02pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Worstbus says...

Another mediocre signing for a mediocre club.

FOYB!!!
Another mediocre signing for a mediocre club. FOYB!!! Worstbus
  • Score: -18

2:18pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Out of site says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Another average and cheap player well done bradford
There's not many prospects who are half decent players going to drop down to a semi pro league where believe it or not there are some but not many teams that play worse rugby than the bullocks,but don't tell them on here they are delusioned.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Another average and cheap player well done bradford[/p][/quote]There's not many prospects who are half decent players going to drop down to a semi pro league where believe it or not there are some but not many teams that play worse rugby than the bullocks,but don't tell them on here they are delusioned. Out of site
  • Score: -3

2:49pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Ship rock says...

A mediocre team that's gunna get relagated that still managed to beat Wigan and whinos back to back. So if we are mediocre what does that make Leeds????
A mediocre team that's gunna get relagated that still managed to beat Wigan and whinos back to back. So if we are mediocre what does that make Leeds???? Ship rock
  • Score: 6

3:12pm Mon 4 Aug 14

axelf1963 says...

The most successful club in super league era with 6 titles ?
The most successful club in super league era with 6 titles ? axelf1963
  • Score: -16

11:09pm Mon 4 Aug 14

bradfordbronco says...

axelf1963 wrote:
The most successful club in super league era with 6 titles ?
Despite having the best team on paper, how many trophy's 'do they hold at present?
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: The most successful club in super league era with 6 titles ?[/p][/quote]Despite having the best team on paper, how many trophy's 'do they hold at present? bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

8:35am Fri 8 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

axelf1963 wrote:
The most successful club in super league era with 6 titles ?
You'll never be better than Bulls or Saints until you do the treble!
A truly great team would have won the challenge cup in the past decade I would say!
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: The most successful club in super league era with 6 titles ?[/p][/quote]You'll never be better than Bulls or Saints until you do the treble! A truly great team would have won the challenge cup in the past decade I would say! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 0

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