Backs Coach Barry Maddocks believes positive news over wing Ashton Hewitt’s rehabilitation has given Dragons a timely boost – but insists the speedster will not be rushed into a comeback.
Hewitt, 24, has not featured this season and had a second shoulder operation in November.
However, the Newport-born back had good news from his medical review this week in Manchester as he steps up his comeback plans.
And while Maddocks has stressed Dragons will take no risks with rushing back the winger, his positive prognosis has been a lift.
“What is important is that we make sure he is right and he has missed a whole block of the season,” said Maddocks.
“He always keeps himself fit and is sharp from doing a lot of rehab. All year he has been really upbeat and positive, and it is brilliant to see him in that manner because he adds a lot to the group.
“We will see how it goes, but there is no guarantee that he will play this season. We will get him right for next season if he doesn’t quite make it.
“The priority is to make sure he is ready to go (next year) rather than to force him for one or two games.
“Hopefully he will have a good pre-season block and starts the season really well for us.”
“He has improved an immense amount over the last 15 months, growing in his leadership and understanding of the game,” added Maddocks.
“We have missed him this year with his influence in training as much as what he does on the pitch.”
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He always keeps himself fit and is sharp from doing a lot of rehab. All year he has been really upbeat and positive, and it is brilliant to see him in that manner because he adds a lot to the group...