MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Sam Frost of the Demons in action during the round 19 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Melbourne's Sam Frost has completed a move to Hawthorn, with the Demons sending the defender along with three picks to the Hawks, in return for two draft selections.

The 26-year-old was traded alongside picks 42, 61 and a future fourth-round pick, while the Hawks have sent back pick 50, and a future second-round pick.

Frost played 70 games for the Demons, with Melbourne's General Manager of Football Operations Josh Mahoney detailing the reasons for the deal on the club's website.

“Sam has played an important role for us in his five years at the club after joining from GWS and we thank him for his contribution,” Mahoney told Melbourne Media.

“We were not in the position to offer Sam a long-term contract, so we were comfortable with him exploring his options and we’re pleased he has found a position at Hawthorn.

“It’s always disappointing to see any player leave, but we think Sam will benefit from the move and we are confident in our backline.

“In recent years we’ve brought in the likes of Jake Lever and Steven May, and we have a lot of young depth in defence that will benefit from more responsibility.”