Hawthorn lock in defender James Sicily on long-term deal


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“He can play on talls or smalls at either end of the ground, so he certainly adds versatility to our line up,” Wright said.

“We’re looking forward to watching his continued development as both a player and a leader.”

Sicily was a bargain basement recruit with the Hawks plucking him at pick 56 in the 2013 national draft which is something he has in common with tall forward Lewis, who also signed on until the end of 2022.

The Hawks used pick 76 in the 2016 national draft on Lewis, a talented athlete who has developed as a promising key forward in the past year.

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He kicked 20 goals in 12 games as a high-marking tall inside 50 and shapes as an exciting future prospect, according to Wright.

“He is part of the next generation coming through our ranks – we’re hopeful he’ll hold down a key post in our forward line for some time to come,” Wright said.

Hawthorn also extended Jarman Impey’s contract until the end of 2023 adding three years to his existing deal.

He was in great form before he hurt his knee in round 18 against Geelong, requiring a knee reconstruction which will sideline him for most of next season.



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