Hawks delist Ste­wart

Great Southern Herald - - Sport - Cameron New­bold

Katan­ning prod­uct Kade Ste­wart will hope to find an­other AFL club through the up­com­ing delisted free agency or pre-sea­son and rookie drafts after be­ing cut by Hawthorn last month.

Ste­wart, who hails from Katan­ning, was selected by the Hawks with pick 36 in the 2016 rookie draft and was up­graded to their se­nior list later that year be­fore mak­ing his de­but against Mel­bourne in round 11.

The midfielder played three games in 2016 but strug­gled to break into the Hawks se­nior team in 2017 and man­aged just four more games.

Last month Ste­wart was one of three Hawks delisted along­side Billy Har­tung and Dal­las Willsmore ahead of their fi­nal list lodge­ment but they have com­mit­ted to re-draft­ing Willsmore as a rookie this month.

Ste­wart is now avail­able to be picked up by an­other club as a delisted free agent, with that pe­riod com­menc­ing yes­ter­day and con­clud­ing on Novem­ber 26.

The 20-year-old left-footer showed plenty of promise in his seven AFL games, av­er­ag­ing 10 dis­pos­als and four tack­les.

“We would also like to ex­tend our thanks to Billy and Kade for their con­tri­bu­tion to Hawthorn,” Hawthorn club re­cruit­ing and list man­ager Gra­ham Wright said.

“Both play­ers have demon­strated great com­mit­ment to the club and we wish them all the best in their fu­ture en­deav­ours.”

Ste­wart played for the Katan­ning Wan­ders in the Up­per Great South­ern Foot­ball League and at WAFL level played two league games for South Fre­man­tle to go with 21 colts and six re­serves ap­pear­ances.

He also rep­re­sented WA at the un­der-16 and un­der-18 na­tional cham­pi­onships be­fore be­ing drafted.

Pic­ture: Scott Bar­bour/Getty Im­ages

Kade Ste­wart of the Hawks cel­e­brates after kick­ing a goal dur­ing round 11.

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