Tom Hawkins earns two-year AFL deal at Cats

Tom Hawkins wrestles with the Lions' Stefan Martin during a ruck contest. Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Geelong forward Tom Hawkins has the chance to reach the magical 300-game AFL milestone after inking a two-year contract extension.

This year, Hawkins became the first Cat since Gary Ablett Snr in 1995 to win the Coleman medal, booting 42 goals during the 17-game regular season.

The 32-year-old, who debuted for the Cats in 2007 and has since racked up 277 games, has booted 603 goals - the third most in club history.

He led the AFL in both goals and goal assists in 2020, en route to his first Coleman medal and third All-Australian selection.

Only four other players in Geelong's history have made it to 300 games and Hawkins is on track to become the fifth.

"Tom's form line is ascending and we believe he will continue to improve as a player," Geelong's general manager of football Simon Lloyd said.

"Tom is a team-first player who looks to bring his teammates into the game and create opportunities for others as well as himself.

"He is a leader both on and off the field and cares deeply about his teammates and all at the club."

Hawkins helped the Cats win premierships in 2009 and 2011, and won the club's best and fairest award in 2012.

His father, Jack, played 182 games with Geelong.

His grandfather Fred Le Deux played 18 matches while his uncles Michael (two games) and Robb (three games) also featured for Geelong.