Hawkins a Cat for life
Finley product Tom Hawkins has committed to Geelong until the end of the 2020 season.
The five-year deal means Hawkins, who debuted in 2007, will likely be a Cat for life.
Hawkins was drafted by Geelong under the fatherson rule in 2006 and has since become a two-time premiership player, a 2012 club best and fairest winner and a member of the 2012 All-Australian team.
The 26-year-old has booted 307 goals across 157 games. Hawkins said his family ties at the club were a driving force behind his decision to remain at Simonds Stadium.
His maternal grandfather Fred Le Deux, his father Jack and two uncles all played for Geelong.
‘‘It’s the club I barracked for when I was younger, it’s the club that supported my junior development and it’s a club that my family has a rich history of involvement with,’’ Hawkins said.
‘‘My family’s connection
with the club was one of the major reasons why I have stayed here.
‘‘I see the next five years as a big challenge, but I’m excited by the challenge.’’
Hawkins’ grandmother, Pam Le Deux (nee Brushfield), also had family who played for Geelong, dating back to the 1930s.
Tom’s proud father Jack, who still lives in Finley, said the news is ‘‘exciting’’.
‘‘It’s a long term contract that will probably see him get to the end of his career. It’s good for him and good for the Geelong club,’’ he said.
‘‘I think players have more currency in life if they remain a one club footballer, and the Geelong faithful will be pleased.’’