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Chewy to stay a no-brainer — his words

SCRUM-HALF Dave Hewitt will be back at Oldham in 2021 for his fifth full season with the club — and his decision to sign a new one-year deal, he said, was a ‘no-brainer’ once the offer was on the table.

“I was never going anywhere else once I knew the club wanted me to stay,” said the former St Helens product (24), who made his Roughyeds debut when he was 19. “Next year will be my fifth full season with Oldham and I’m made up about it.

“The Championship is a really tough division, one of the best, but I think we might surprise one or two people next year. We’ve signed some good players already and I think that, at the very least, we’ll be competitive.

“Dougie (Lewis Charnock) and Fletch (Matty Fletcher) are on two-year deals; ‘Langers’ (Langtree) has signed a new two-year agreement; Nelmsy (Luke Nelmes) will add a lot to the middle unit; I’ve heard good things about Tyler Dupree; and now the Wilky (Matty Wilkinson) signing has been announced. That’s great stuff.”

Furthermore, head coach Matt Diskin said he was “really happy” to get Chewy’s signature on a new contract too.

He added:

“We’ve been working on his game to get the best out of him and we’ll be continuing to do that when we can get back into squad training. We are pleased with how it’s going and very excited that he will be back with us next year.

“We want him running at the line more and fully utilising his left-foot step. It can be lethal when used right and used at the right time.”

‘Chewy’ — as he is known across the sport — initially came on loan from St Helens in the summer of 2015, but he then had a full season at Sheffield as a full-time pro before returning to Roughyeds to make the scrum-half spot his own in the seasons that followed.

He has now totalled 101 appearances in the Roughyeds jersey, scoring 34 tries and kicking 85 goals plus two drop goals to amass 308 points.

Unlike most players at Oldham and throughout the sport, Hewitt has welcomed the enforced break caused by COVID-19 because of a pile-up of work and family issues which coincidentally came all at once.

He said:

“To be honest, Lockdown came at the perfect time for me because, even without rugby, it’s been a whirlwind few months for me on the domestic front.

“We had the upheaval of moving house just as Lockdown started and then, on April 21, my partner Tara gave us our baby boy, whom we called James, David, Michael — James after a grandad I never knew, David after me and Michael after my dad.

“As a buyer, I’ve been working from home all through Lockdown, but only in the last few days I’ve started a new job at Huyton in Health and Safety, so that’s been another big change in lifestyle.

“It’s been a hectic period for both of us, but it’s all been good and now that we are starting talking about signing players again for next year I’m starting to get back into rugby mode.

“We don’t know for sure yet when we’ll be back in for training, but now the domestic whirlwind is behind us I’m looking forward to it immensely. I can’t wait.”



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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