In a year mainly focused on development, Hawthorn has surprised many in 2022 under new coach and club great Sam Mitchell.

There has been plenty to like about this Hawks side despite sitting in 13th, with the rise of Mitch Lewis and Dylan Moore particular highlights, while the sensational return of James Sicily in defence has put him in All-Australian conversations.

They are a young, exciting team that is destined to go places in years to come should they develop like many are predicting and will have their eye on returning to the finals yet again in 2023.

It seems the approach at Waverley Park is to focus on youth within the team, which has heavily influenced who was picked in these five spots.

While they'll have plenty of players in mind, the Hawks would also be pretty keen to target other clubs' draft equity to continue blooding hidden gems in coming seasons.

Back to the list, and in no particular order, here are five players the Hawks could target this off-season heading into 2023.


2. Tom Berry 

The first of two Brisbane youngsters on this list, Lions midfielder/forward Tom Berry could be a useful option for the Hawks in 2023.

The brother of Brisbane regular Jarrod, Tom is on the outer at the Lions, with the 22-year-old playing just three games this year, including one as an unused medi-sub.

A speedy and tough player, Berry could be a cheap option this off-season and will likely seek further opportunity if it arises in the open market.

The Victorian is out of contract this season and has the ability to play in the midfield and the forward line, which could be a useful option for Sam Mitchell's side to have.

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There haven't been any official or rumoured links of Berry moving to the Hawks, however, it would be a move that could benefit all parties in 2023.