Hawthorn forward Chad Wingard has put pen to paper, recommitting to the club until at least the end of 2024.
The 30-year-old’s 218 career matches make him the second-most experienced player on the Hawks’ list ahead of the 2024 season.
Wingard’s re-signing comes as he works his way back from an achilles injury he sustained in Round 22.
Prior to his injury, Wingard had a brilliant second half of the 2023 season, showing he remains a classy finisher and ball user.
Across his last six matches, the small forward averaged 20 disposals, provided 10 goal assists, and kicked seven goals.
Hawthorn's Club Doctor Liam West said Wingard underwent a successful surgery late last month and would look to resume running in the pre-season.
“The surgeon was really pleased with how the operation went, Chad had a really strong repair of his achilles,” West said.
“He is already doing really well with his rehabilitation and we hope that he will return to running late in the pre-season, with timelines to become clearer as his rehabilitation progresses.”
The two-time All Australian has played 71 games for the Hawks since arriving to the club from Port Adelaide prior to the 2019 season.
Hawthorn National List and Recruiting Manager Mark McKenzie said he was thrilled to see Wingard extend for another season.
“Not only is Chad exciting to watch, but he’s also a great teammate and a very important player for us in our forward half,” McKenzie said.
“While Chad is still playing at a high level on-field, his mentorship for our younger players has been equally valuable.
"We've already seen the dedication to the start of his rehabilitation process, and we're hopeful we will see Chad return as early as possible and have an impact in the brown and gold for season 2024.
"A one year contract extension is a great result for both Chad and the club, and we look forward to seeing him back out on the park, playing the footy we know he is capable of."