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Two more for Tom

Geelong forward Tom Hawkins has signed a two-year contract extension (AFL Photos Image/Michael Willson)

TOM Hawkins is set to become just the sixth player to make 300 VFL/AFL appearances for Geelong after signing a two-year contract extension.

The reigning Coleman medallist has played 277 games for the Cats since being drafted as a father-son selection from Melbourne Grammar in 2006.

Hawkins has kicked 603 goals to sit behind only Gary Ablett (1021) and Doug Wade (834) for most majors in the Hoops.

“Tom’s form line is ascending, and we believe he will continue to improve as a player,” Geelong’s football boss 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.

“Tom’s play over recent seasons has been elite, and we are excited that Tom, with his family’s long history at the club, has again agreed to a new deal.”

A winner of the Carji Greeves Medal as Geelong best-and-fairest and two-time premiership player, Hawkins has won the Cats’ goalkicking award on nine consecutive occasions since 2012 – the only player in the club’s history to achieve that feat.

If he can claim the award for the next two seasons, he will join Doug Wade in being Geelong’s leading goalkicker on 11 occasions.

If Hawkins can avoid injury over the next two years, he and dad Jack (182 games) would become the first father-son combination in the club’s history to play a combined 500 games for the Cats.

Meanwhile, young defender Jack Henry has signed a one-year contract extension after another impressive season in defence.

The 22-year-old has missed just two games since making his debut in Round 2, 2018 for a career total of 66.

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