New Devils recruit Matthew Petersen in action for Parramatta. The try-scoring machine will play for the Gympie Devils next weekend.
New Devils recruit Matthew Petersen in action for Parramatta. The try-scoring machine will play for the Gympie Devils next weekend. COURTNEY HARRIS

Captain America to save the Devils

CAPTAIN America has come to the aid of the injury ravaged Gympie Devils backline.

Former NRL try scoring machine and the United States World Cup rugby league side captain Matthew Petersen has come to terms with Devils officials this week.

Petersen will take the field for the Devils next week and is expected to ad some much needed spark to the Devils' back line.

Devils coach Kris Kahler said Petersen would be a boost for the team.

"He'll give the side experience in the backline, which is kind of what I need," Kahler said.

The Devils have a lot of young players defending on the edges and Kahler said Petersen's knowledge of the game would benefit the young players and the team.

The Gympie side has been rocked with injuries this year.

Grand final winning five eight Craig Marshall is out with a neck injury, talented hooker Ben Harney is out with a shoulder injury and talented centres Kaine Ernst and Shawn Potter are out with season ending knee injuries.

Kahler will talk to Petersen tomorrow and will look at the draw to see when he can play.

Kahler said Petersen was approved by the Sunshine Coast/Gympie Rugby League to play for the Devils today but he couldn't make the game.

The 32-year-old debuted in the NRL for the Cowboys in 2002 but made a name for himself playing for Parramatta from 2002 -2006.

There he scored 38 tries in 65 games and earned himself the nickname Sideshow Bob.

Petersen equalled the club try-scoring record for one match during the 2003 round 12 clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

He scored four tries in the one game and was the first Eel to have done so since 1988. In 2007 and 2008 Petersen played for the Gold Coast Titans scoring 14 tries in 21 games before heading to England for a stint with Super League club Wakefield.

Petersen played a game for the United States against Australia in an exhibition match in Philadelphia in 2004, qualifying for the American side under the parent rule.

Then in 2007, he was named as captain of the USA team for their 2008 Rugby League World Cup qualifying match against Samoa. Petersen won the Man of the Match award although the US team lost.

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