MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Ryan Burton of the Hawks is tackled by Will Hoskin-Elliott of the Magpies during the round 15 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 2, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Hawks young gun signs contract extension

Hawthorn youngster Ryan Burton has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal with the club.

The 20-year-old, who made his debut in Round 21 last season, has cemented his spot in the Hawks’ senior side this year, playing 16 of a possible 17 games.

“Both Ryan and the club were eager to secure his future at Hawthorn and we are rapt to have extended his contract for a further two years,” list manager Graham Wright said.

“He has been in terrific form this season and has really cemented his spot in the backline, with the ability to play on a variety of talls and smalls. 

“To have Ryan committed to the Hawks until at least 2020 is really pleasing for the club and we look forward to seeing him in the No. 5 for many years to come.” 

Burton has averaged 21.2 disposals, 5.7 marks and 3.1 tackles per game and is one of the favourites for this year’s rising star award, after being nominated in round two.

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