Q – Welcome to the Panthers Sam, you’re here for the 2021 campaign was it an easy decision to make in joining the club ?  

“In the end yes it was an easy decision for me, if you look at the the ambition of the club with the quality of signings that have been made and already within the squad its obvious that the goal come the end of the season is to be right up there and with a chance to win something and thats important for me I want to win.”

Q – How much do you know about the club, you played a game here last year against the Knights, how was that for you ? 

“I really enjoyed my time here last season playing a friendly against York then a league game against them too. Im looking forward to meeting up with the squad and getting going.”

Q – Obviously with no reserve or dual-reg this season how important is it for your progress that you are playing regularly ? 

“Absolutely yes, I’m getting to the stage in my career where I need to be playing every week and playing well to get that experience so hopefully I can do that here and add my bit to good team performances but also improve my game at the same time.”

Q – You made a number of impressive performances last year for the Giants, what can the panthers supporters expect from you as a player ?  

“I like to pride my game on effort and consistency in defence, making sure I’m doing the right things while been aggressive at the same time. While in attack I like to isolate defender’s with a little bit of footwork and running good lines at pace. My main focus is to work hard and compete the best I can.”

Q – What are your goals for 2021 and what should the Panthers be aiming for after an impressive recruitment drive ?  

“My personal goals it to get a good run of games together making quality consistent performances and staying fit. I think the squad will be definitely aiming for a top 4 finish with the aim to win something at the back end of year and I believe with quality in the squad that is a very realistic goal.”

Q – Simon grix has described the move as win win, he sees you as a rising star in the game and an impressive season with the panthers will mean you go back to Super League with experience knowing you’ve done the hard yards in what is an impressive looking championship competition, do you agree ?

“100% yes. I think getting experience and knowledge in the championship as a young player is a great foundation for going back into a super league environment later down the line. It gives you that competitive physical toughness while building match fitness but also you will learn a lot about the game.”

Sam Hewitt signs for 2021 


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