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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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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

The 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.

Best of luck!

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