Sheffield Steelers: Does my bum look big in this uniform?

Jason Hewitt - laying off the pies this Summer
Jason Hewitt - laying off the pies this Summer

Jason Hewitt knows that new head coach Doug Christiansen will have an eye on everybody’s waist-lines when they arrive for pre-season duty.

Last season’s Sheffield Steelers’ squad included a couple of players who seemed overweight.

One of them Cory Pecker was released last October, for being woefully out of shape.

Hewitt knows there will be no tolerance level when the new-look squad assembles at the House of Steel, ahead of season 2013-4.

“Everyone is working out even harder than normal, we know Doug will expect a lot from us” said the winger, who has a personal point to prove having been dropped from the Great Britain side.

“We know he won’t stand for any of us not being 100% in shape. We want too impress him from day one. We want to show him we have a championship side in the making.”

Hewitt believes the signing of Rob Dowd has improved the chances of landing the League title.

“When I heard Dowdy was coming back I couldn’t be happier - on many levels. We are good mates and I missed him.

“For the Steelers too, this was a great move as he is a difference maker, a player that can dominate games.

“I think he returns here a better player than the one that left. A year in Belfast followed by Sweden certainly helped him” said Hewitt, who will turn 30 in August.

“Some people are knocking him for coming back to Britain. I don’t see that at all. He went over there and proved to himself that he can more than play at that level. He has nothing to prove to anyone. He is his own man.

“In fact, I think he could be a Steelers’ legend. He is a franchise player, our Sidney Crosby if you like. I can’t wait for the season to start and play on the same team again.

“I think all of us are looking forward to the new start. We are all still pig sick how last year ended, for ourselves as much as anyone we need to get back going and right some wrongs.

“Last season wasn’t how it was supposed to end.”