Midfield star James Worpel has signed on with the brown and gold for a further two years, ensuring he remains a Hawk until at least the end of 2025.

The new deal comes amid an impressive season for the 24-year-old, with the hard-nut recapturing his career-best form.

After a shoulder reconstruction cut short his season in July last year, Worpel worked his way back to full fitness ahead of 2023, setting him up for a stellar campaign.

Averaging 26 disposals, 6.4 clearances, 4.1 tackles and 5.6 score involvements per game, Worpel has become a key part of Hawthorn's new-look engine room.

Selected by Hawthorn with Pick 45 in the 2017 national draft, he became the youngest player to win the Peter Crimmins Medal since legend Leigh Matthews in 1971 after earning the accolade in 2019 following just his second season. 

Worpel celebrated his 100th milestone game on Sunday, which saw him finish with 25 disposals, seven clearances and six score involvements in a thrilling win against the Western Bulldogs. 

National List and Recruiting Manager Mark McKenzie said the club was delighted to have secured Worpel's services for a further two years.

“James has been a great servant of our club, and we're thrilled that he is eager to continue his journey here at Hawthorn,” McKenzie said.

“A former best and fairest, it's been exciting to see him remain injury-free this season and take his game to another level.

“James' talent and leadership has been obvious since being drafted to the Hawks, he plays a huge role in our side and will form a critical part of our endeavour to future success."

Worpel joins the likes of James Sicily, Jai Newcombe, Mitch Lewis, Dylan Moore, Josh Ward and Connor Macdonald as those who have pledged their future to the Hawks in recent seasons.