GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Tom Hawkins of the Cats celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round 18 match between the Geelong Cats and the Melbourne Demons at GMHBA Stadium on July 21, 2018 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/AFL Media)

Essendon great Matthew Lloyd has praised Geelong powerhouse Tom Hawkins, saying the key forward is “right on top of his game.”

Hawkins kicked seven goals against Melbourne on Saturday night, including four in the final term as the Cats recovered from a 29-point final quarter deficit to steal victory, thanks to Hawkins and Zach Tuohy’s after the siren goal.

Speaking on AFL.com.au, Lloyd said Hawkins was the difference between the two sides.

“He was everywhere,” he said.

Lloyd highlighted one part of Hawkins’ game that has improved, when the ball hits the deck, saying “below the knees he’s going really well.”

Co-host on Access All Areas and former Geelong great Jimmy Bartel agreed saying 2018 has “been his best year.”

“When the game was to be won he was the big dominant full forward,” he said.

Hawkins will look to replicate this form when Geelong hosts Brisbane at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday afternoon.