SAM HEWITT JOINS THE PANTHERS FOR 2021
Halifax Panthers are delighted to announce the signing of Sam Hewitt who joins the club on a season-long loan from Huddersfield Giants.
Hewitt who can play Back-Row or centre is a welcome addition to an already formidable looking Panthers squad for the 2021 campaign as the boys look to hit the ground running.
The Giants academy product made his Super league debut against Leeds Rhinos in 2018 and has made a number of impressive performances for the Giants first team earning praise from coaches and the rugby press over the past few seasons.
At just 21 Hewitt is seen as one of the future stars of the game and with no reserves or dual-reg set to take place in 2021 both player and club could only see positives in him joining up with Simon Grix’s Panthers for the Betfred Championship season.
Hewitt will be no stranger to the Panthers faithful after the player made a sole appearance, impressing in the Blue and White at The Shay Stadium against the York City Knights in a thumping win for Fax in 2020.
Sam Hewitt on the move to the Panthers and his ambitions for the season ahead,
“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.”
“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. “
Panthers head coach Simon Grix has followed Hewitt”s progress and was delighted to secure the services of the player,
“Sam had a great year last year with some strong performances for the Giants.”
“He’s motivated, in a similar position to Amir in terms of game time opportunities and wants to play at the top of the game therefore will need to perform well to get the shot so it’s a win-win scenario.”
“Having had Sam on DR before we know what we are getting, both player and person, so we look forward to him joining us, adding to the competition within our forwards.”
Huddersfield Managing Director Richard Thewliss on the move,
“The development of younger players has been hugely effected as we are all aware by the Covid pandemic and as the rules stand at the moment there will be no reserve games nor the opportunity to dual register players in the Betfred 2021 Season.”
“Of course that may change in time however for the here and now it is essential for Sams development as a player that he plays week in week out and the opportunity at Halifax is excellent. He will complete the entire pre season with ourselves and then get the game time in what looks like a very strong Halifax side that most believe will be competing at the top end of the Championship.”
“The relationship that we have with Halifax is excellent at all levels and personally I sincerely hope that they can gain the promotion to the Betfred Super League that they are striving for and we can enjoy our derby tussles and local rivalry again.”