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Burto means business

Ashley Browne.  May 15, 2017 4:21 PM

R8: Ryan Burton Post Match Young defender Ryan Burton spoke with HawksTV following the win over the Lions in Round 8.

Hawk youngster Ryan Burton was fetching as much as $23 for the NAB AFL Rising Star Award before Saturday's win over the Brisbane Lions.

But after a slashing 25-possession display at the University of Tasmania Stadium, those odds were slashed in half and rightfully so. After missing the season opener, Burton has fitted seamlessly into the Hawthorn backline where his sound judgement and excellent disposal has come to the fore.

He won the weekly nomination in round two and if this form persists, will be right in the running come the end of the season.

Hawthorn supporters love Burton and his development has cheered them considerably given how the season has panned put to date. He is shaping as a worthy and deserved No.5 at the club and like the champion who wore it before him, the midfield surely beckons at some stage.

Read: More on Burton's breakout season