Hawthorn defender Jack Scrimshaw has penned a new two-year extension with the club, cementing his future at Waverley until the end of the 2024 season.

Scrimshaw is emerging as a formidable asset in the Hawks' defence, showing glimpses of his best throughout his third year in the brown and gold last season.

The 23-year-old has played 47 AFL games since making his debut with Gold Coast in 2017, where he played four matches before heading south to Hawthorn at the end of the following year.

Scrimshaw has overcome cheekbone and concussion setbacks to conjure a strong return to football, having thrived under Alastair Clarkson in recent years.

Now set to play a critical part of Sam Mitchell's defence, the Hawks have been thrilled to re-sign Scrimshaw to a new deal.

“He earned our Most Improved Player award in 2020, before taking his progression to the next level in 2021," Hawks list manager Mark McKenzie said. 

“Last year we saw Scrim take on greater responsibility, elevating himself as a key utility who is capable of being a damaging defender yet also having the ability to move up the ground and impact.

“He played every game except two, and not only did his performance improve throughout his 2021 campaign, but so did his leadership."

The announcement of Scrimshaw's new deal comes one day after fellow defender Denver Grainger-Barras signed an extension, also committing until 2024.

Scrimshaw and the Hawks will begin their 2022 campaign against North Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday, March 20.

Hawthorn fans will be given a first look at their squad when they face Collingwood and Richmond as part of their pre-season schedule.