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Aussie Rules: Hawks youngster signs extension

Hawthorn have secured the future of Denver Grainger-Barras with the young defender penning a new two-year contract extension.

The Hawks are currently going through a rebuild and are priced at 11/2 to exceed expectations by finishing in the top eight and playing finals.

Versatile starlet

Hawthorn are now coached by Sam Mitchell following the departure Alastair Clarkson at the end of last season and building blocks are being put in place for future success.

Grainger-Barras, who was taken with pick No.6 in the 2020 AFL draft, is one of the big hopes for the future and the club have made sure he will be around for the next few seasons at least.

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The 19-year-old was under contract for 2022 but the Hawks have added another couple of years to that and he is locked in until the end of 2024.

Grainger-Barras made five appearances after struggling with a knee injury in 2021 but is now back to fitness and is expected to make big progress in the campaign ahead.

Bright future

Hawks list boss Mark McKenzie is delight to tie the youngster down and is in no doubt he has a bright future.

"It's great news for the club and exciting for our fans to have Denver commit for a further two years," McKenzie said. "He is one that brings a great energy to the side, will throw himself at every contest, reads the ball well and provides a strong aerial presence down back.

"He has shown a real willingness to compete and absorb as much as he can, and we're confident he'll continue to improve in 2022."

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