SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26: Shaun Burgoyne of the Hawks celebrates victory in the round 10 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks at Sydney Cricket Ground on May 26, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Hawthorn veteran and four-time premiership player, Shaun Burgoyne will play on into a 17th season, after signing a one-year contract extension with the Hawks.

The evergreen 34-year-old played every game in 2017, averaging 20.3 disposals, the fourth highest average of his career.

Burgoyne, currently on 339 games, will notch AFL game No.350 next season.

“Shaun is a great of our game and despite being 34 years old he continues to back up and perform each week,” list manager Graham Wright said. 

“The leadership and experience Shaun brings to the group is invaluable and we are rapt that he has signed on for another year.

“With so many young players now getting their opportunities at AFL level, the guidance and mentorship that Shaun provides is pivotal to their development.

“He’s played 105 consecutive games to date and we look forward to seeing plenty more in the brown and gold.”

Burgoyne has played 184 games for Hawthorn after joining the club at the end of 2009, following 157 games with Port Adelaide.

He won his first premiership with the Power in 2004, before three flags with Hawthorn (2013,14′,15′).