Tom Hawkins will play on into an 18th AFL season with the Club today announcing Hawkins had committed to the Cats until at least the end of next year.
Currently sitting on 347 games, Hawkins’ career has included three AFL Premierships (2009, 2011, 2022), five All-Australians including one as captain in 2022 (2012, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022), a Coleman Medal (2020), a Carji Greeves Medal (2012), a Cats life member (2012) and an impressive career win percentage of 70.75%.
After arriving at the Cattery via a father-son selection in 2006, Hawkins’ breakthrough season came in 2009, playing 24 games, kicking 34 goals, and winning his maiden Premiership medallion in just his third season.
An ultra-consistent, courageous and durable player, Hawkins has played in 74 of Geelong’s last 76 games, playing at least 18 games in 15 of his 17 AFL seasons.
Sitting 14th all-time for most VFL/AFL goals with 781 goals, Hawkins has kicked at least 45 goals in a season 13 times, enjoying 60+ goals in four of those seasons. He kicked a career high eight goals against Essendon in Round 7 this season.
Hawkins is also on track to break the record for most games played at the Geelong Football Club in 2024, requiring nine games to break Joel Selwood’s record of 355.
“I'm truly humbled to be entering my 18th season with the Cats, the team I grew up cheering for,” Hawkins said.
“The choices we make in professional sports aren't isolated, they ripple out and involve lots of other people in your life. That's why after each season, after each contract, I always take time to sit and reflect with my loved ones to discuss our future and not only what’s the best for me but also for everyone who's on this journey with me.
“I was always motivated to continue playing with the Cats. Geelong isn't just where I work, it's home. It's the community that's given me so much, and I feel privileged to have another chance to give back in 2024.
“The future looks bright from here in Geelong. I look forward to the young guys keeping me young, and continuing to give my all to this Club.
“My motivation without question is still there. I will continue as I was always taught, to try and leave this Club in a better place than when I started. I’m really excited for the challenge that’s in front of the team and myself moving forward into the future.”
Geelong Cats General Manager – Football Andrew Mackie said the Club couldn’t be more thrilled for Hawkins to play on next season.
“Tom is such a big part of the Geelong Football Club, we are excited to have Tom playing on in 2024.
“His leadership, knowledge, professionalism and on-field contribution, where he continues to be one of the best at his craft, will help drive our Club forward.
“Tom is integral to our football program and continues to positively influence our playing group, especially our young forwards and key position players, and we can’t wait to see Tom in the Hoops for an 18th season.”