Hutchings commits to Oldham

Oldham have confirmed John Hutchings has signed a new deal for the 2021 season.

Hutchings signed ahead of the 2020 season, after being released by St Helens. He was also a scholar at Wigan Warriors.

Reacting to the news, he said: “The main thing I need is a run free of injuries.

“I never really got going at the start of this season because of the hamstring injury I picked up at Rochdale in my second game.

“Six weeks later I thought I was okay and I played at centre at Widnes in the Cup only to pick up a recurrence of the same injury.

“I missed the next two games at home against Bradford and Dewsbury and we haven’t played since.

“At least, I’ve had seven months to get it right and I’m feeling good now. I’ve been in the gym every day since it re-opened and I’m really looking forward to getting cracking again and, hopefully, enjoying an injury-free campaign.”

Head Coach Matt Diskin added: “He came to us from Saints as a winger and we tried to make him into a utility player which was foreign to him. We’ve had a good chat and he’ll be given every opportunity to win a wing spot if he works hard and does what’s required of him.

“He’s a very talented kid who’s good with the ball, but he’s also a big lad who needs to work hard on his own physical condition. If he does that and shows up in good shape he’ll get every chance to win a wing spot.

“He knows the score. The ball is very much in his court.”

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