While they now don the brown and gold at the professional level, some of our player's connection to Hawthorn was running through their veins before they started to play for the club.

Here's a look at the current players who were Hawks supporters from their earliest days.

Gallery: Bringing a laser focus in 2022

Josh Ward

Carrying on a family legacy, Ward will live out his childhood dream when he dons the brown and gold in 2022.

A Hawthorn fan growing up, the Pick 7 will also look to follow in the footsteps of his great grandfather Alex Lee, who played 31 games for the Hawks in the 1930s.

Jack Scrimshaw

Scrimshaw has barracked for the Hawks all his life, idolising the likes of Shane Crawford in the 2000s and then later Lance Franklin, Jarryd Roughead, Cyril Rioli and now-coach Sam Mitchell.

Dylan Moore

A lifelong supporter of the brown and gold, Moore’s love for the club encouraged him to reach new heights last year.

During a difficult 2020 season, Moore thought he was facing the end of his career at Hawthorn.

But the idea of potentially pulling on the guernsey for the last time towards the end of the spurred him on, later leading him to produce a breakout season in 2021.

Jai Newcombe

An avid Hawks fan from a young age, Newcombe previously conceded he was initially a little star struck by coming under the wing of Sam Mitchell when he joined the Box Hill Hawks.

Finn Maginness

In 2019, Maginness became just the fourth father-son Hawk in history, following his father Scott, who played 131 games for the club, including their 1988-89 premierships.

A keen Hawthorn fan, the 189cm teenager is the third generation of his family to play for the club, with his grandfather Norm also playing 64 games for the brown and gold. 

... and a special mention to Andy Otten

Hawks development coach Andy Otten was also one to barrack for the brown and gold growing up.

In 2020 when he received a text message from former coach Alastair Clarkson asking him to join Hawthorn in a playing-coaching role, Otten couldn’t believe what was in front of him.