Exciting young gun Josh Weddle has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal that will see him remain at Hawthorn until at least the end of 2026.

The contract extension comes off the back of an impressive maiden campaign from the 19-year-old speedster, who was awarded the club's Most Promising Player for 2023.

After making his debut in Round 7, Weddle went on to play every game, notching 17 matches for the season – the most of any Hawthorn debutant last year.

Arriving to the club with Pick 18 in the 2022 national draft, the emerging star averaged 17.3 disposals at 78.6 per cent efficiency, 5.1 marks and 273 metres gained per game.

Weddle’s strong first season also saw him earn a Rising Star nomination in Round 10 in just his fourth appearance at AFL level.

Hawthorn National List and Recruiting Manager Mark McKenzie said Weddle has laid the foundations for a bright future in the brown and gold.

“Josh has produced a promising start to his AFL career, which should make Hawks fans feel incredibly excited for what’s ahead,” McKenzie said.

“Despite being just a teenager, Josh has an insatiable hunger for hard work and demonstrates a real team-first mentality – both equally impressive qualities that have fit our program perfectly. 

“Having shown great maturity during his debut season by playing multiple roles for us in defence, Josh's development will be exciting to watch, and no doubt he will play a key role in helping to drive our club towards future success."