Dave Hewitt extends stay at Oldham

Dave Hewitt has signed a new two-year deal with Oldham, keeping him at the club until at least the end of 2020.

The 22-year-old has played in 57 of Oldham’s 62 games over the last two seasons.

Hewitt came through the ranks at hometown club St Helens, before spending a season with Sheffield Eagles and then linking up with the Roughyeds permanently.

Oldham head coach Scott Naylor said:  “It’s good to get started on signings and good to kick-off with ‘Chewy’.

“He’s been a key member of the side for the past two seasons and his appearance statistics underline his consistency.

“He led the side around the park and he was one of the lads the others always looked to.

“He’s a good professional, the sort of lad it’s good to have in the dressing room and it was very important we kept him.”

Hewitt has pulled on the Oldham shirt 72 times, scoring 27 tries and kicking 32 goals.

On his contract extension, Hewitt said: “To re-sign for Oldham is perfect, it is just what I wanted.

“I felt last year was my best so far at the club. From all the feedback I’ve had, I think I’m developing as a half-back and I owe that to Nobby (Scott Naylor) and to Pete Carey.

“They are doing a lot to help me progress and that was a massive part of my decision to sign a new deal.

“As soon as I learned that Scott wanted to keep me, I wanted to get the new deal over the line as quickly as possible. A two-year contract, which my agent negotiated for me, was a bonus; the main thing was that I just wanted to sign to continue my development under Scott and Pete.”