|Hewitt to Miss Start of Season|
Wednesday, 13th Jun 2012 11:54
New Town signing Elliott Hewitt is unlikely to make his first team debut until October due to the hip impingement injuries which ended his 2011/12 season with former club Macclesfield. The 18-year-old, who recently signed a three-year deal with the Blues, is currently undergoing rehabilitation at Lilleshall having had operations on both hips.
Boss Paul Jewell told the club site: "We knew about Elliott's situation before we completed the deal and it's no problem.
"Our medical people spoke to the surgeon and a hip specialist and everyone is pleased with the way he is recovering.
"We will have him working with the rest of the group as soon as he's at that fitness level, but he's a young lad, one for the future.
"We were tracking him through the whole of last season and we're delighted to have him here. There were a lot of clubs interested in him. He's a good player already and he's only going to get better."
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|ArnieM added 12:02 - Jun 13|
Absolutely no issue / problem with this at all. He is merely completing his rehabilitation. And needs to be got to the point where he will be fit for training and games.
|saffronblue added 12:08 - Jun 13|
I think it's a risk bringing him in but given the fee paid one worth taking, Carlos did a reasonable job last year and I think this is seen as one for the future.
|alliedaz added 12:09 - Jun 13|
like you say jewell its not a problem the problem is we still need a goalkeeper mre defenders a midfielder and a striker asap plz b4 we start pre season games
|village_blue added 12:15 - Jun 13|
A 18 year old with problems with both hips doesn't bode well for the future I fear and a 3 year deal is very generous .
|walberswick added 12:31 - Jun 13|
Elliott Hewitt isn't going to get us promoted next season. Where are the players that will?
|Garv added 12:36 - Jun 13|
Now a three year deal is generous, haha!
Walberswick are you really expecting us to get promoted?
Bit disappointing to hear this, but it can't be changed.
|abingdon_blue added 12:37 - Jun 13|
Expect the usual Jewell comments come December that 'he missed pre-season, so wont be ready until next year'. Just like Ingimarsson & Ellington 2011
|buryblue77 added 12:39 - Jun 13|
A bit worrying that at his age he's having hip operations. How common is this amongst young players?
He's clearly talented as a player, but will he have the required fitness to carry on in the game? I only hope so,there must be a whole load of people out there who have excellent technical ability with a football but not the required natural level of fitness to play the game at professional level and thus get released at a young age, or have to retire young because of the injury/fitness situation (Dean Ashton being a prime example) I hope this wont happen to Hewitt.
|ArnieM added 12:43 - Jun 13|
There'sa lot of misplaced anxiety here regarding a young sportsman (common) hip impingement. This IS rectifable and present no long term problems. He does not have hip arthritis.
We've got an absoulte steal here. be pleased !
"“We knew about Elliott’s situation before we completed the deal and it’s no problem,” said Jewell.
“Our medical people spoke to the surgeon and a hip specialist and everyone is pleased with the way he is recovering.
“We will have him working with the rest of the group as soon as he’s at that fitness level but he’s a young lad, one for the future.
“We were tracking him through the whole of last season and we’re delighted to have him here. There were a lot of clubs interested in him. He’s a good player already and he’s only going to get better.”
|irishtim added 12:56 - Jun 13|
Lets give the lad a chance & hope he plays well once he is fit enough.
|simonsays added 13:03 - Jun 13|
Ridiculous. We need to sign players who are fit and he may have problems in the future with this. JEWELL AND CLEGG OUT!
|stringtheory added 13:05 - Jun 13|
How come no-one's blamed Clegg for this yet - it's obviously something to do with the Olympics!
|walberswick added 13:20 - Jun 13|
Finnish rehab beginning August, then getting fit and match ready. Maybe see him in the new year?
|JewellintheTown added 13:43 - Jun 13|
@SimonSays - he might get hit by a bus crossing the Norwich road tomorrow. Lets not knock the lad before he's had a chance to kick a ball for us.
|megamoth added 13:54 - Jun 13|
Tellingly for both our players and our manager, these are Harry Redknapp's comments on his own future
"I think it's a situation of 'well, he might not be here next year'. You don't let players run into the last year of their contract if you think they're any good and you don't let managers run into the last year of their contract if you think they're any good.
|Sindre94 added 14:03 - Jun 13|
no one should expect promotion next year
|irishtim added 14:09 - Jun 13|
@Sindre im not expecting promotion but hoping we will have a better season & hope for the season after.
|Bergholtblue added 14:11 - Jun 13|
"We knew about Elliott's situation before we completed the deal"
It was a bit of a giveaway when he arrived in a wheelchair!
|buryblue77 added 14:15 - Jun 13|
megamoth, in response to your Redknapp quote I completely agree, we've wasted millions over the last few years on players leaving on free transfers because we've not renewed their contracts, hopefully we've learned from that.
With regards to Jewell, he has to prove himself this year (I'm pro PJ) if he doesn't show significant signs of improvement by the autumn then I don't think his contract should be renewed, I like the guy but if it's not working, it's not working. I can't see Evans offering him a new contract unless he makes improvement.
However, I feel that with players like Hewitt and a few similar additions we'll move in the right direction this year.
|Suzanna_Gekkaloys added 14:38 - Jun 13|
Everyone's putting a brave face on it - and that's very admirable and stuff - but come on! This is a RIDICULOUS situation! It's embarrassing and only Town and the increasing desperation of Jewell to sign players could have got us in this position. That the lad has ongoing hip problems is the only reason we landed him. The injured, the forgotten, the non-league chancers and Scottish League players - this is the pool from which Town can realistically attract new signings.
You don't spend hundreds of thousands on an 18 year old in the summer with the intention that the lad won't be a first team player and start the season, unless we're now in the habit of spending that sort of money to bolster the reserves. Which would be an extreme change in transfer policy, I must admit!
Wake up people. This is another balls up. Another flailing last-ditch act of a hamstrung manager, who doesn't appeal to the sort of players we need to acquire, and who will be out sometime in the autumn.
|walberswick added 15:41 - Jun 13|
*You don't let managers run into the last year of their contract if you think they're any good. *
PJ will either get his contracr renewed or will be sacked by December.( or somebody desperate and mangerless might .....)
|jas0999 added 16:49 - Jun 13|
All for building for the future, so no real issue with this, as I suspect Edwards (the captain) would start in place of him even if fully fit. Ditto if we sign this French chap - I very much doubt he would feature - unless in the Carling Cup.
However, with many weeks passing since the end of last season and a desperate need to significantly improve the team/squad before the first game - it would seem we have yet to sign a single player who is available from game one. There can be no excuse this season about gelling etc - PJ has been in post for a season and a half - so would hope to see a GK, 2 x CB, a CM (one replacement for Bowyer/Leadbitter), Winger (replacement for Murphy) and a Striker signed very soon.
Regarding the promotion argument - PJ was brought in on a 2 1/2 year deal in order to get us into promotion contention. Last season - whether people like it or not - the table suggests we were a point and two places worse off than the season before. I would fully expect us to be challenging for a top 6 place this season and would be disappointed if we don't make the play-offs, otherwise it's hard to see the purpose of PJ's appointment and also justification for a new contract. If we wanted mid-table year on year we should have saved a few quid and stuck with Jim or Roy! In fact, Jim has performed better than both Roy and PJ in terms of league position to date!
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