Hawthorn has re-signed a pair of big-bodied midfielders as the club continues to build towards season 2022.

Youngster Finn Maginness has signed a two-year deal with the club that will see him remain a Hawk until at least the end of 2023, while Daniel Howe has agreed to a one-year extension. 

The re-signings follow a string of promising Hawks to have extended their time in the brown and gold including Dylan Moore, Lachlan Bramble and Jacob Koschitzke.

The new deal will see Howe play into his eighth season at the club, after being taken with Pick 31 in the 2014 national draft.

Howe enjoyed the strongest campaign of his career to date in 2021, averaging a career-high 18.7 disposals across 20 appearances.

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Head of Football Rob McCartney said Howe was an important signing as the club looked to players like him to take the next step amidst the regeneration of the list.

“Now 26 years old and with 87 senior games worth of experience under his belt, Dan is starting to hit his prime,” McCartney said.

“We saw this year, especially in the latter stages, that Dan really thrived and had some strong impact on games.

“So, we’re hopeful of seeing him continue this kind of output into 2022.”

Maginness has spent his first two seasons honing his craft as a midfielder, whilst also learning the ropes as a defender throughout stages of the 2021 VFL season.

Arriving at the club via a father/son selection at Pick 29 in the 2019 national draft, the 189cm endurance machine has played three AFL games across his first two years as a Hawk.

McCartney said the club was pleased to secure Maginness’ services for a further two years.

“Finn has really applied himself to learning and understanding what it takes to be a professional footballer in the first two years of his career,” McCartney said.

“His endurance capacity and work ethic are well-renowned, and we’re really hopeful that he can continue to develop his game over the course of the next two years.

“It’s exciting to be able to lock away a few of these youngsters as we continue to usher in this new era at Hawthorn.”