Hawthorn has made a key appointment as part of its AFLW journey, with Mitchell Cashion accepting the role as the club's AFLW List Manager/AFL Recruiting Officer.
The role will see Cashion take the lead in establishing the Hawks inaugural AFLW list while still retaining his existing role within the men’s recruiting team.
He is the second appointment to Hawthorn’s AFLW program after the club announced Bec Goddard as coach last year.
Cashion said he was excited to be taking on a new challenge within the women's football space.
"The AFLW is growing, it's growing every year, and this is a big opportunity for our footy club," he said.
"It's an open canvas for us, we get an opportunity to look at what other clubs have done in the past, what's worked or what hasn't.
"We get to have a go and see if we can create something exciting."
Cashion has been part of the men's recruiting team for more than six years where he has been responsible for contracting, list management and implementing Hawthorn’s Next Generation Academy.
Hawthorn GM - Operations and Major Projects Josh Vanderloo said he was looking forward to seeing Cashion add his expertise in talent identification to women’s football.
“This is a fantastic appointment for the club as it allows us to appropriately integrate our women’s list and recruiting function into the existing men’s system,” Vanderloo said.
Vanderloo said he was excited by the opportunity to bring elite female footballers into the club under the guidance of Cashion.
“We are very proud of our VFLW program, and the success of that driven by many people has helped pave the way for our club to be ready to join the national competition,” he said.
“But while building a competitive and talented list from scratch is very exciting, it’s also not an easy task.
“We have received the preliminary expansion list rules from the AFL and developed a clear strategy based on that to which will see us bring the best talent available into the club.
“Over the coming weeks and months we will be continuing to have conversations across the business about how we best set ourselves up for success so that we are well prepared to enter the AFLW competition later in the year.”
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