Jason Hewitt heading back for Sheffield Steelers at Belfast Giants

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Jason Hewitt intends to return to assist Sheffield Steelers’ championship drive this weekend.

The winger has had to sit out the last 13 games with a knee injury.

Jason Hewitt, along with Darryl Hay, in the thick of things for Sheffield Steelers

Jason Hewitt, along with Darryl Hay, in the thick of things for Sheffield Steelers

But he hopes with a week of intense practice behind him, he will be ready to inflict his frustration on Belfast Giants in Friday and Saturday’s games at the Odyssey.

Hewitt said: “I skated (last week) and everything felt great, nothing lingering, no pain afterwards or swelling, hopefully I will have a good week running up to Belfast and make my comeback there, I just want to get back.”

The forward’s return would be a confidence booster for a team that has just lost twice to Nottingham Panthers.

But Hewitt doesn’t expect any favours from Giants: “Over the years no matter what kind of team they have had it’s always a tough place to go and get points, with the travel and whatever else. They are a good team, quite similar to us with good British players.”

Hewitt has particular respect for Belfast players Ray Sawada, Kevin Westgarth, Craig Peacock and his old team-mate Colin Shields.

“They have got a lot of dangerous players up front and in defence. They have a bit of everything, skills, grit, a really good third line. They are deep so it is a good match-up.”

Giants lost 5-2 at Braehead Clan on Sunday and were beaten at Hull and Cardiff recently.

But Hewitt said: “Their team is as good if not better than last year, it’s just sometimes things don’t click - but they are still right there (fourth in the table) so it’s not like they are struggling.”

Sheffield, remain top of the league by a point. Cardiff and Nottingham are also having a good year, he said, so it was a fair assumption that these teams had upgraded to catch up with the champions.

Nobody is taking anything for granted in the Sheffield locker room, he said. “We have got a real level-headed group in there, no-one is getting too far ahead of themselves.

“Half of the season is left and anything can happen.”

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