Tom Hawkins has joined Geelong royalty in the 700 Club today, notching his 700th career goal on Saturday against the Eagles, becoming just the third Cat to reach the milestone.

Hawkins joined Cats legends Doug Wade and Gary Ablett Snr on the honour board, all the while becoming the 26th player in V/AFL history to reach the figure.

The goal itself was a regulation snap off a free kick with eight and half minutes remaining in the third term, but the goal would extend the Geelong lead to 18, and set the scene for the Cats to eventually run out three goal winners.

The ever-humble Hawkins took time after the game to appreciate the moment.

“It's pretty cool,” he told Fox Footy post-match

“I was lucky enough to watch Buddy Franklin kick a thousand and I thought that was one of the best things I've ever seen in footy. 

“I've got 300 to go! It's a nice milestone and I've got my Dad and my brother over here, it's nice.”

Close friend and skipper, Joel Selwood, was less circumspect about the achievement.

“He's been sensational for the footy club," he said.

“He's just been playing awesome footy throughout the last couple of years, and to reach 700 is just touching the edges on what he does for the footy club.”

Geelong takes on Richmond at the MCG next Saturday afternoon.