Hawkins a Cat for life

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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.’’

Tom Hawkins

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