With the defensive minded Victorian's contract set to expire at the completion of this season, the Waverley based club has acted quickly and are set to table a three-year extension to Hardwick that will tie him to the club until after his 27th birthday.
Hardwick has averaged 22.2 disposals, 6.9 rebound 50s and 4.9 marks so far this season.
The Eastern Ranges product's signature is not the only one that the 13-time premiers are chasing, as key-forward option, Jacob Koschitzke and the hard-running, Harry Morrison are also out of contract at the end of 2021.
Although this extension will be welcomed by Hardwick, the news is not so rosy for former top 10 draftee, Sam Petrevski-Seton.
AFL Journalist, Riley Beveridge stated on Thursday that talks between the 23-year-old and the Princes Park club have yet to commence.
This news comes at a time that Petrevski-Seton is facing a sixth consecutive week outside of David Teague's best-22.