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