Former Hawthorn forward Jack Saunders has returned to his old club Norwood in the SANFL for the 2023 season, linking up with fellow departed Hawk Jackson Callow in the switch to South Australia.

Saunders, like Callow, was not offered a new deal beyond this year, seeing his time in the brown and gold expire after two seasons.

The 20-year-old made his AFL debut against the Western Bulldogs in Round 23 this year, where he collected seven disposals and booted a goal in his only appearance for the club.

At the end of the year, Hawthorn confirmed Saunders wouldn't be offered a new contract.

The small forward has since confirmed his plans for 2023, returning to the Redlegs to feature in their premiership defence.

"We are very excited to announce Jack Saunders has signed with us for 2023 and will be returning to The Norwood Football Club," a club post reads.

"Since being drafted from Norwood as an 18 year old Jack has had 2 solid years developing his footy at the Hawthorn FC and made his AFL debut in Rnd 23 2022, against the Western Bulldogs.

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"An outstanding character and a product of our underage development program, Jack has already lived it and again will add to the Fortis In Procella culture at our club.

"A medium Forward with the versatilty to play in defence, Jack will be a great acquisition for us in 2023. We look forward to what Jack can bring and welcome him back to The Norwood Football Club."

The signing of Saunders comes within the same week as Callow's return to Norwood. The former Hawks forward was delisted by the club after 18 months at Waverley.