Hawthorn has locked away another important piece of its future, with athletic ruckman Max Ramsden to remain a Hawk for at least the next two seasons.

The talented 203cm big man has been one of the Hawks to watch during his short time at the club, after being snapped up by the brown and gold in the 2022 mid-season draft.

Clocking a phenomenal 6.04min 2km time trial ahead of his draft year, Ramsden’s running ability is at the elite end for all ruckman right across the league.

Having put greater focus on his forward craft in the past off-season, the 19-year-old is beginning to add a further string to his bow as a dangerous tall-target inside attacking 50.

In a dominant VFL pre-season performance just last month, Ramsden proved he’s on the right track towards a breakthrough at AFL level, booting four goals from 13 possessions.

Hawthorn National List and Recruiting Manager Mark McKenzie said Ramsden's contract extension provides a great platform to further his progression.

“This deal is great reward for effort for Max as he continues to work hard and develop his game,” McKenzie said.

“Given Max’s age and size, he is definitely a longer-term prospect for this footy club, however there is no ceiling on what he can achieve in the short-term. We’re confident he can become a valuable ruck/forward in the near future.

“Max is a very intelligent individual and likeable teammate and it’s pleasing he’s another one of our younger players who has bought in to the direction we are headed as a club.”