4th August 2014

NEW SIGNING Dave Petersen says Bradford head coach James Lowes was a huge factor in his decision to join the Bulls for 2015.

Petersen, 22, has put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the Provident Stadium outfit, becoming Lowes' third new recruit – alongside Jake Mullaney and Dan Fleming.

The former Hull Kingston Rovers forward, who can operate in the front row and back row, arrives from Australian Intrust Super Cup side Mackay Cutters, where he has spent the past two seasons.

Petersen opted for a move away from East Yorkshire in 2012, with the view of attempting to further his career.

Though he is now preparing to head home in a bid to launch himself - and the Bulls - back into the British game's top flight.

“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 fantastic supporters and firm foundations in place, and I hope to help the Bulls get back to where they belong.

“I am extremely enthusiastic and am 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 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.

The versatile Hull-born talent 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.