LIVEWIRE wing Ashton Hewitt has signed a new two-year deal with the Dragons after a stunning season that has put him back on the Wales radar.

The 26-year-old from Newport finished the 2019/20 campaign in blistering form and picked up where he left off this season, beating more defenders than any other player in the Guinness PRO14 and finishing second for clean breaks.

Hewitt, whose progress has previously been stalled by injury misfortune, has combined his elusive running with being robust after being named as the league's 'ironman' for racking up the most minutes.

The speedster is an influential figure on and off the field and has committed his future to the Dragons for at least another two campaigns, which could lead to him topping the try chart.

Hewitt is currently third with 33 tries in 102 appearances, three behind Hallam Amos and 10 back on Aled Brew.

Ashton Hewitt of Dragons scores his sides first try

Ashton Hewitt of Dragons scores his side's first try

"It's great to re-sign with the group of players we have here and the coaching team we've got. I'm proud to be here and excited about the future," said Hewitt, who made his debut against the Scarlets in 2013.

"We've such a strong squad now and you can see performances improving. It's really encouraging as we look to progress and move forward.

"I'm enjoying my rugby at Dragons and feel I can achieve all my goals here. It's the right environment for me.

"I'm now focussed on getting even better and I'm also really looking forward to fans coming home to Rodney Parade."

Wales are blessed with options out wide but Hewitt is knocking on the door for a call-up and an elusive first cap.

The speedster was called up for the 2017 Six Nations only to withdraw because of concussion and in the summer of 2018, with Warren Gatland guaranteeing every squad member an outing, he dislocated his right shoulder in a training collision with Dragons teammate Elliot Dee just days before the tour party flew to America and Argentina.

Hewitt was reserve for the uncapped fixture against the Barbarians in 2019 and last year was invited by Wayne Pivac to train with the squad during the Six Nations.

Ashton Hewitt of Dragons scores try.

Ashton Hewitt of Dragons scores try.

Dragons boss Dean Ryan is confident that his winger will play on the international stage if he keeps impressing in club colours.

"Ashton is a real talent and someone who is clearly very passionate about playing for his home region and helping us achieve success," said the director of rugby.

"He's been in fantastic form this season and has big ambitions to play at the highest level. Ashton wants to achieve those as a Dragon and so we're delighted he will be staying with us."

The Dragons previously announced contract extensions for Wales internationals Aaron Wainwright, Elliot Dee, Leon Brown, Jamie Roberts, Ollie Griffiths and Sam Davies plus fresh terms with stalwarts Harri Keddie, Joe Davies and Lloyd Fairbrother.

Ben Carter and Anuerin Owen signed deals along with fellow bright prospects Will Reed and Chris Coleman.

Wales lock Will Rowlands is arriving from Wasps next season but Matthew Screech is set to return to Cardiff.