MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Kaiden Brand of the Hawks in action during the 2016 AFL Round 20 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 06, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Hawthorn has re-signed young defender Kaiden Brand for a further two years, keeping the 22-year-old in brown and gold until the end of the 2018 season.

Brand made his debut in Round 7 this year, playing 11 games for the season.

“After struggling with a shoulder injury last season, Kaiden had a strong patch of AFL games this year,” Hawthorn’s recruiting and list manager Graham Wright said.

“We’ve been really happy with his progress and we think he could be a really important player for us long-term”.

Meanwhile, the club has also upgraded rookie Kade Stewart to the senior list for season 2017.