Jaeger O’Meara will don the brown and gold until at least 2023, having put pen to paper this week on a new four-year deal.

The announcement comes at a pertinent time for the Hawks midfielder, who is currently enjoying career-best form. Despite missing the weekend’s clash against St Kilda, O’Meara has averaged 28.7 disposals, 7.6 tackles and a goal a game in his first three outings for 2019.

GM-Football Graham Wright said the club is pleased to have secured the talented mid’s services for the long term.

“We’re thrilled to have Jaeger recommit for another four seasons. 

“It was a relatively easy decision from both parties. Both Jaeger and his management TLA made it a really smooth process, and it’s pleasing to have it sorted so early in the season. 

“He’s become such an important player for us, not only through his on-field performance but also from a leadership sense as well.

“He sets a great example for his teammates with his professionalism and work ethic.

“We’re excited to watch his continued development over the coming years.” 

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After being selected by Gold Coast with Pick 1 in the 2011 mini draft, O’Meara quickly made his mark on the competition, named the league’s Rising Star in 2013 and the AFLCA’s Best Young Player in 2014.

Despite injury hampering his next two campaigns, the youngster was still hot property during the ensuing trade period, and he eventually joined the Hawks in a high-profile trade at the end of 2016.

With a knack for finding the footy, breaking tackles and bursting through packs, the 25-year-old has become a fan favourite across his 30 appearances in the brown and gold.