Hawthorn youngster Will Langford has re-signed with the club for a further four years, tying him down until 2019.
The 23-year-old utility has played 30 senior AFL games for the Hawks, winning the 2014 premiership flag.
Langford said his time at the Hawks had been enjoyable and he hoped to continue developing as a player over the coming years.
“The prospect of continuing that – the highs and the lows and everything that comes with being here – is something that’s been a great challenge for me,” he said.
“Something I’m really embracing (is) the idea of striving to improve as an individual, but also as a team, for the next few years.”
Langford became an unlikely finals hero for the Hawks after surging into first-team contention for the 2014 finals series, kicking three goals in Hawthorn’s 63-point grand final mauling of Sydney.
Capable of playing in midfield and across the half-back, Langford took his 2014 form into the new AFL season before being hampered by knee injury.
He has played 10 AFL games overall this season, scoring four goals.
“Obviously he’s been injured and has had an interrupted year, after a fantastic back-end to 2014 when he was part of our premiership team,” said Hawks recruitment manager Graham Wright.
“Will has really developed his game – he started as a half-back flanker and has developed his game as a midfielder.
“We think he will be a really important player for us through the midfield in the future.”