PROMOTED York City Knights are running the rule over forward Dave Petersen ahead of the Betfred Championship campaign.

The 26-year-old hooker/loose-forward has been training with the Knights in pre-season in a bid to win a permanent contract at Bootham Crescent.

Hull-born Petersen started his career at Hull KR and has had spells with Workington, Oxford, Sheffield Eagles, Bradford Bulls and Batley in this country, as well as Mackay Cutters in Australia and Boston 13s in the USA.

Knights coach James Ford has been impressed with Petersen's impact on the training pitch and will hand him a chance to shine at Bradford Bulls on Boxing Day.

"We signed him on trial a couple of weeks ago," said Ford. "He trains with a lot of intensity and is in really good physical condition.

"I like his approach, his aggression and his attitude to hard work.

"We will see how he performs on Boxing Day and in our other trial matches, and make a decision after that."

While at Craven Park, former Robins Academy captain Petersen played four Super League games and also had a stint at Workington on a dual registration basis.

He left Hull KR to join Queensland-based Mackay Cutters and played Down Under for two years.

Despite signing for Bradford in 2015, Petersen did not play a game at Odsal before switching to League One Oxford and then Championship side Sheffield Eagles.

In 2016 he played for Batley Bulldogs in the Championship and Challenge Cup, while also having a try-laden spell in the American game in Boston.