MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 05: Brandon Ryan of the Hawks (R) celebrates with Luke Breust of the Hawks after kicking a goal during the round 21 AFL match between Hawthorn Hawks and Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne Cricket Ground, on August 05, 2023, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Hawthorn has announced a contract extension for their 2023 Mid-Season Draft recruit following promising glimpses as a rookie.

Key-position forward Brandon Ryan, who joined the Waverley club after being taken with the 12th selection at this season's midyear picking festivities, penned a one-year deal on Tuesday to remain with the Hawks until at least the end of next year.

The 25-year-old mature-aged recruit, who had previously been plying his trade for the Northern Bullants in the VFL, made his Hawthorn debut in Round 20 against St Kilda and followed that up with a three-goal performance in a massive win over preliminary finalists Collingwood.

Hawthorn list manager Mark McKenzie expressed his pleasure at retaining Ryan for a further season, noting his potential as an AFL prospect. 

"We're thrilled with Brandon extending his time at the Hawks for next season, we believe he has some real potential in the brown and gold," McKenzie said. 

"Being a mature-age recruit, Brandon has all the traits to develop into an important player with his impressive aerial strength and forward craft. 

"Following a promising first few months at the club, we now look forward to seeing where Brandon can take his game in his first full season at AFL level next year."