Hawthorn have been handed a huge boost with the news James Sicily has committed his future to the club by penning a new five-year deal.
The Hawks are priced at 13/2 to make the top eight this season and the news that Sicily has penned the deal will give the whole club a big lift.
The contract will run until the end of the 2027 AFL season. Sicily will then be the age of 32 and effectively means he will be a Hawthorn player for life.
Sicily believes the club is heading places under the leadership of first-year coach Sam Mitchell and is delighted to commit his future.
The player was off-contract at the end of the year and is delighted to have ended all the speculation over his future.
“I found the period of being uncontracted a little bit uncomfortable and unsettling, but now that it's put behind me it’s a distraction no longer there,” Sicily told reporters.
“Now I can invest in my teammates and my coaches and get back to focusing on just winning and investing in myself.”
Sicily missed the entire 2021 season with a serious knee injury but is now back to full fitness and back to his best this season.
“There was no weighing up if I’d be here or not, I was always going to be here, but there’s still elements of doubt and I was still having to prove myself again,” he added.
“I’ve got a strong sense of belonging here and I can’t really see myself anywhere else.”