Hawthorn are confident free agent Luke Breust’s experience will assist the club develop a new crop of youngsters as they locked the triple premiership forward in for a further two years, signing him until the end of 2023.
Out of contract at the end of this season, the 30-year-old’s decision to stick with the Hawks beyond 2021 is a vote of confidence in the club’s direction as they look to rebuild after a wretched 2020 when they finished 15th and lost free agent Isaac Smith to Geelong.
Experienced Hawk Luke Breust has signed on again with the club.Credit:Getty Images
The announcement also comes just a week after Breust celebrated his wedding, marrying long-time partner Anthea.
Newly appointed football manager Ron McCartney said Breust’s experience makes him a key player at the Hawks in the next few years as the club reshapes their list in the wake of a golden era that saw the small forward form a dangerous combination alongside retired small forwards Cyril Rioli and Paul Puopolo during the 2013-2015 three-peat.
“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,” McCartney said.
In a remarkable career, Breust kicked at least 30 goals a season between his debut year in 2011 and 2019, topping the 50-goals-in-a-season mark three times. Noted for his incredible accuracy, Breust has kicked 402 goals, 192 behinds in his 220 games.
“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,” McCartney said.
The contract takes him past the tenure of long-serving four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson who is locked in until 2022, having coached the club since 2005.
The Hawks have been aggressive in reshaping their list since 2016 when Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis were traded and then Luke Hodge retired at the end of 2017 before ending up at the Lions.
However, they have been unable to replace the champions they mostly gained through the draft with players of similar ilk through trades, and began their return to the draft last year.
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