Breust boost for Hawks

12 February 2021 22:01:17 GMTPlus11

Hawthorn small forward Luke Breust has turned his back on free agency in favour of extending his contract with the Hawks until the end of 2023.

The triple premiership star would have had the opportunity to seek a fresh challenge at the end of the 2021 AFL campaign but has decided his future remains with the Hawks.

The new deal means Breust will have spent a total of 13 years in brown and gold and his commitment comes as a huge boost to Alastair Clarkson's men.

The dual All-Australian has made 220 AFL appearances during his career, kicking 408 goals in the process so it is no surprise that Hawthorn were keen to secure his future.

When announcing the deal, Head of football Rob McCartney spoke of the club's delight as they look to rebuild in the seasons ahead.

"Luke is one the best small forwards in the game and we are thrilled he will be donning the brown and gold until at least 2023," said McCartney.

"Whilst he has been part of many memorable moments at our club over the journey we feel the role he will play as we move forward is equally important.

"With a new wave of players coming through the ranks, Luke’s experience and knowledge will be essential in helping them learn the ropes of AFL football.

"He is of great character and a good example to his younger teammates of the values and standards required to build a successful and sustained career."

The Hawks are priced at 60/1 to win the NRL grand final.

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