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Rookie pick 36: Kade Stewart

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GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 26: Kade Stewart of Western Australia in action during the 2015 AFL Under 18 match between Vic Metro and Western Australia at Simonds Stadium, Geelong on June 26, 2015. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Kade Stewart, pictured in action for Western Australia under-18s, is now a Hawk.

WESTERN Australian onballer Kade Stewart is now a Hawk, after being recruited with pick 36 in Friday’s rookie draft.

The 18-year-old was one of four players selected by the Hawks.

A product of WAFL club South Fremantle, Stewart is a 180-centimetre, 70-kilogram midfielder/half-forward.

He represented Western Australia at this year’s NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, and was also part of the AFL Academy.

Hawthorn Recruiting and List Manager Graham Wright said Stewart was a real talent.

"Kade's an AFL Academy player, but he had a significant ankle injury early in the year which limited his preparation for the season," Wright said.

"He's a left-footer, a very good user of the ball and good overhead for his size. He's pretty tough and competitive.

"He needs to work on his body - he's only 70 kilograms, so he needs to put some weight on - but he has genuine talent."

Stewart joins Luke Surman, Alex Woodward, Conor Glass, Shem Tatupu, Jermaine Miller-Lewis and Lachlan Langford on the Hawks’ rookie list.



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