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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Workington's Dave Petersen urged to push for regular Super League place

Workington Town’s dual registration ace Dave Petersen is being urged to push for a regular Super League slot after impressing on his competitive debut for Hull KR on Monday.

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Dave Petersen

The loose-forward, who has scored three tries in his four appearances for Town, played off the bench in the Robins’ 18-10 win at Salford.

Boss Craig Sandercock declared that he was “very happy” with Petersen, adding: “He never stops and that’s what I expected from him. Hopefully he’ll continue to develop as a footballer and push for selection on a full-time basis.”

Town coach Gary Charlton is keeping an open mind over whether Petersen will feature again for Town or push on to a Super League future this term.

“Dave did well against Salford, by all accounts,” Charlton said. “He told me he did the job asked of him, nothing fancy. You’ll usually find over Easter that Super League coaches like to rotate their teams if possible, and that’s what has happened to Dave.

“We’ll see what happens now. He’s been good for us, and the more he plays the better he gets.

“If not available he’ll be a loss, because he’s a valuable squad member, but we have others who can play in that position.

“Karl Olstrum put his hand up against Whitehaven on Friday and showed what a good player he can be. He has to play to that standard week-in, week-out.”

Salford, who travel to Whitehaven for a Challenge Cup clash on Sunday, led 10-6 until 12 minutes from time. And to compound a miserable day they lost forward Vinnie Anderson with a suspected fractured elbow.

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