Hewitt's Act of Faith

Dave Hewitt

DAVID Hewitt has repaid Oldham’s faith in him by leaving troubled Sheffield Eagles to sign a two-year contract at the club where he has had two separate spells on loan.

Aged 20 and the ‘baby’ of Scott Naylor’s new-look 2017 squad, half-back Hewitt is highly-rated by the Roughyeds boss, who will be looking to him to partner Scott Leatherbarrow at half-back and to inject pace and penetration in midfield.

Naylor and his staff expect the young half to grow up quickly now he’s a fully-fledged Oldham player operating alongside a seasoned Championship campaigner like Leatherbarrow.

Born in St Helens and a product of the Saints’ nursery, like Kenny Hughes and Danny Langtree, Hewitt scored five tries in six games while on loan here in the League 1 promotion year.

Released by Saints at the end of that season, he signed a full-time contract at Sheffield, but admits that “things didn’t work out” for him in South Yorkshire.

Coming back to Oldham on loan for a second time, he helped to keep Naylor’s men up by scoring four tries in nine games on the late-season run-in, thanks mainly to his speed and razor-sharp support pay.

Said Naylor: “David is going to make a big difference, especially in his kicking game, which is one of the best in the division. His speed when supporting a break is another big plus.

“Going forward from half-back is something we have to improve on massively.

“He’s young with all his career ahead of him. And when he’s had a full pre-season with us I think he’ll be brilliant.

“Now that he’s our player we’ll be able to spend as much time as we need with him and he’s going to benefit from that.

“People forget how young he is. Things didn’t work out for him at Sheffield, but they will here because we all think highly of him.”

Hewitt said he would always be grateful to Oldham for twice giving him a chance on loan at times when he was looking for openings to develop his career.

He added: “I was in the Sheffield side in the early part of the season, but then I was left out and it was tough.

“I’m looking forward now to settling down at Oldham and building on the 20 Championship games I’ve had so far, 11 for the Eagles and the rest for Oldham.

“I want to thank both clubs for giving me those opportunities when I’m still only 20.

“With the squad that Oldham are assembling I think we’ll do better than a lot of people think.

“Believe me, we’ll have a great season.”

Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

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