Hawks sell last pokies venue, Saint gets new deal

In today’s AFL briefing, your daily wrap of footy news:

  • The Hawks have agreed to terms on the sale of their last pokies venue
  • The Saints have re-signed Jack Hayes
  • And, in case you missed it, ruckman Tim English is set to turn his back on the prospect of heading home to WA by signing a new deal with the Bulldogs

Check in again later for more news.

Hawks sell last pokies venue

Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett has announced that the club has agreed to terms on the sale of its Waverley Gardens venue to the Melbourne Racing Club, completing its “exit from gaming venue investments”.

Just last week, the Hawks announced that they had finalised the terms of sale for WestWaters in Caroline Springs.

“As I said last week, these are significant decisions for our football club. We feel both of these deals have secured a price at the top of the market and that is good news for the club.” Kennett said in a letter to members.

Jeff Kennett has announced the Hawks will sell their last pokies venue.Credit:AAP/Pool

“These deals will substantially solidify the club’s future fund and ensure the club holds itself in strong stead in the years to come. As I said last week, these venues have been producing a significant income for the club – the future fund will be critical to replacing that income with other sound investments.”

Kennett described the sale as “an important moment in the club’s off-field history”.

“We are in as strong a position as ever and I am extremely proud of all the work that has gone into these decisions.”

He said the sale would help fund the development of the Kennedy Community Centre.

Hayes signs new deal with Saints

Jack Hayes, the Saint who suffered an ACL injury in round six, has signed a two-year dill to stay at the club until at least the end of 2024.

Coach Brett Ratten had already indicated Hayes, a supplemental selection period signing earlier this year, would get a contract extension, but the deal is now official.

“Jack impressed us from the moment he walked in the door,” list management boss James Gallagher said.

“His competitiveness, determination on-field, gratitude and general commitment to make the most of this opportunity has been outstanding.”

Crows put Sloane and Seedsman on inactive list

Adelaide have put captain Rory Sloane and wingman Paul Seedsman on the inactive list for the rest of the season, opening up two spots on their list ahead of the mid-season draft.

Both players are recovering from long-term injuries – Sloane ruptured an ACL in round five and Seedsman is dealing with the ongoing effects of concussion.

“By placing both of them on the inactive list it gives us the flexibility to add to our squad in next week’s mid-season draft should we choose,” Crows list manager Justin Reid said. “Our recruiting and list management team will continue to discuss our options before finalising our position ahead of the draft.

“Rory and Paul remain fully supported by the club and heavily involved with our footy program, and their leadership off the field is invaluable for our young and developing group.”

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