Petersen agrees Bulls switch


4th August 2014

Bradford Bulls have announced the signing of utility forward Dave Petersen, who has agreed a one-year deal with the club.

The 22-year-old arrives from Australia's Mackay Cutters to become coach James Lowes' third new recruit and seventh squad player for 2015.

A former Hull Kingston Rover, Petersen appeared four times in Super League for the Robins, scoring one try, before opting for a move away from Humberside in 2012.

However, after two years with the Intrust Super Cup outfit, Petersen is heading home in a bid to launch himself back into the British game's top flight – as a Bull.

“The opportunity to come home and play for a club like Bradford was one I simply could not afford to turn down,” said the former Hull KR Academy captain.

“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 am extremely enthusiastic and committed to working very hard. That is the kind of game I will be bringing to the Bulls.

“I saw signing for Mackay, rather than staying with the Rovers, as a chance to better my life and career and I believe I have done that. Now I am 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.

Coach Lowes has spoken of his excitement following the capture of the versatile forward, insisting he 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 General.

“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 remainder of Mackay Cutters' Intrust Super Cup campaign, before joining the Bulls for the start of pre-season training in October.

Meanwhile, the Bulls have confirmed full-back Brett Kearney will return to Australia at the end of the season.

The 30-year-old moved to the Yorkshire club in 2010, after previous spells with NRL sides South Sydney at Cronulla, and has gone on to make over 100 Super League appearances for the Bulls.

Yet following the completion of his contract, Kearney has decided to end his successful stay.

"My decision to leave was a family one and they come first," he said in a message on Bradford's Twitter account.

"We have had a difficult few years, but the support from the terraces has never wavered. For that, I would like to thank our fantastic fans and great staff at the club.

"I believe the Bulls are in brilliant hands and I look forward to seeing them back in Super League as soon as possible."