HAWTHORN premiership stars Luke Hodge, Shaun Burgoyne and Josh Gibson will all play on in season 2017.
The decorated trio have agreed to one-year contract extensions with the club.
The extension will take Hodge into a 16th season at AFL level, Burgoyne into a 17th and Gibson into a 13th.
If their individual achievements aren’t impressive enough, combined they are astonishing.
Together the trio hold 11 premiership medallions, 809 AFL games, 73 finals games and five All Australian appearances.
Proving age is no factor, Hodge (32), Burgoyne (33) and Gibson (32) have averaged 20 disposals so far in 2016 and have been crucial in securing Hawthorn’s seventh consecutive finals berth.
Hawthorn recruiting and list manager Graham Wright said re-signing the experienced trio was a simple decision.
“Luke, Shaun and Josh are all integral to our football club,” Wright said.
“Importantly all three individually were very keen to play on and their form warranted it, so it was an easy decision to make.
“Each of them plays an invaluable role for us both on and off the field.
“It is not just their capability to perform on a match-day but their ability to teach and help develop our younger players which has and will continue to be important.
“Each of these guys has given incredible service to our football club and we are thrilled that they will be going around again in 2017.”
Hodge has played 283 AFL matches, since being recruited by the Hawks with pick 1 in the 2001 National AFL Draft.
He has captained the side to three consecutive premierships (2013, 2014, 2015) and is a dual Norm Smith medallist (2008, 2014).
Burgoyne has played 316 AFL matches since being drafted by Port Adelaide with pick 12 in the 2000 National Draft. He was traded to Hawthorn at the end of the 2009 season.
He has played 31 finals – equal second for any AFL player, ever – and has played the past 78 games in succession.
Gibson has played 210 AFL matches since being drafted by North Melbourne with pick 7 in the 2005 Rookie Draft.
He played 65 games between 2006 and 2009 for the Kangaroos, before being recruited by the Hawks, in exchange for picks 25 and 41 in the 2009 NAB AFL Draft.
Gibson is a dual Peter Crimmins Medal winner, winning both in premiership years, and a three-time premiership player.