Player Watch Welcome to Hawthorn : Jai “Duke” Newcombe - 2022 AFLCA Best Young Player, extends to 2026!

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flinchfree

Premiership Player
Jan 30, 2014
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If you want someone to put the Club on his shoulders, this is your guy. Not a coach, not a top draft pick, this kid.
In my top 10 favorite Hawks all time the last 45 years.
Walked in the door and knew nothing but self improvement.
Make him Captain.
 

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flinchfree

Premiership Player
Jan 30, 2014
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Number’s 3 and 5 leading our midfield again. Makes sense.


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MatteeG

Team Captain
Jul 30, 2010
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That description of 'the bloke at the back of the stands'...... Brilliant.
 

KermitJagger

Professional Thread Derailer
May 17, 2017
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Matt Dixon our comms guy has been handing out exclusives to 7, 9 and 10 over the last few months.

Media strategy is much improved.
I've been loving it.

Having a new 10 minute Sam Mitchell interview on a weekly basis was great. Seeing players appearing publicly and interviewing here there and everywhere has been so refreshing.
 

Bugs1977

Norm Smith Medallist
May 3, 2018
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The club organised Channel 9 to get this “exclusive”.


A couple of things to note here:

1) It's so good seeing Lethal back at the club
2) Jai getting the #3 goes together like peanut butter and jam
3) I'd be lying if I didn't mention that I'm a bit sad for the Rat that Jai won't be repping the #44 but I'm sure they'll find someone else worthy to wear it.
 

Fleabane

Team Captain
Jul 22, 2021
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Future captain gets bandied around a lot but I can see it with Jai. He speaks well - few words but well chosen. He’s charismatic, as tough and competitive as they come. Strong drive and self belief. Bloody good player.
 

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