It was worth the wait for Sheffield Eagles new boy Dave Hewitt, who had to bide his time before securing his move to the Steel City.
The highly-rated half-back switched to South Yorkshire on a two-year deal from Super League heavyweights St. Helens, as director of rugby Mark Aston continues to plot his assault on next season’s top four places following his close season recruitment drive.
Hewitt admits that he had to be patient as he waited for the deal to be rubber stamped, but is now firmly focused on starting a new chapter in his professional career.
He told The Star: “I was waiting because I knew there was the possibility of coming to Sheffield.
“I really wanted to work with Mark who has done a fantastic job here, so to get the deal done was pretty relieving because I was waiting quite a long time.
“I’m really pleased to get the deal over the line, it is boxed off now and I am really looking forward to getting going here.”
Hewitt is the second Saints ace to swap Langtree Park for Sheffield following in the footsteps of hooker Matty Fozard who also crossed the Pennines during the close season.
Before putting pen-to-paper, the 19-year-old quizzed his former Saints colleague and admitted that he liked what he had to say.
“I spoke to Foz quite a few times,” he added. “He had already signed a few weeks before me and I just asked him what he felt about the club.
“I got his opinion, he was very positive and he told me it will help me and my career so we have both made the move for similar reasons.”
Hewitt will also be re-united with George Tyson and Adam Neal who made the switch from Oldham, where the St. Helens-born teenager enjoyed a loan spell.
“I played with Adam Neal and George Tyson last year and that gave me a real insight into first team rugby,” confirmed Hewitt.
“Playing at Oldham was a real learning curve, and I enjoyed playing with Adam and George who are two great players.
“They have come to Sheffield now and there are other great players at the club, with the likes of Cory Aston doing well, and I am looking forward to working with them all.”