Port Adelaide free agent Karl Amon has officially named Hawthorn as his AFL club of choice for 2023 and beyond
As an unrestricted free agent, the Hawks will welcome Amon to the club for free in October when the window opens.
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The Hawks won the race for the noble left-footer ahead of St Kilda and incumbent Prime Minister Melbourne, while Carlton had previously also expressed interest.
His decision to drop the Saints’ offer is particularly interesting given his mother works at the club, having been hired just over six months ago.
The Hawks released a statement after 7NEWS reporter Mitch Cleary revealed Amon had signed the club to a four-year deal.
“Hawthorn Football Club is pleased to announce that wingman Karl Amon has named the Hawks as his club of choice ahead of this year’s free agency period,” the statement read.
“The club will be working through the process of signing Amon during the period beginning Friday 30 September.”
Hawthorn national recruiting and roster manager Mark McKenzie said the club was delighted with the news.
“It’s certainly great news for the club to hear that Karl wants to be a part of what we are building here in Hawthorn,” said McKenzie.
“Karl complements our current list strategy and the direction we are taking as a club.”
Cleary also revealed that the Force will likely receive a first or second round ending in compensation for Amon.
“Free agency compo is more based on the $$ than the length. And the ages of the players,” Cleary tweeted.
“For example, Daniher signed the first (three-year) contract and scored (Essendon) first place – salary around 800,000.
“However, Amon is a year older than first time (Free Agents) and won’t be anywhere near that.
“End of R1/R2 selection most likely.”
Bontempelli ready for final after injury
As bottom 10 clubs prepare for the summer slump, final Western Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli has fully recovered from the adductor injury that has hampered him for the past few weeks and has declared himself fit for the AFL eliminator against Fremantle.
Troubled by what Luke Beveridge called “a little thing or two,” Bontempelli met with trainer and medical chief Chris Bell earlier this month to plan a course through September.
The 26-year-old star was cleared for the final two rounds of the home and away season and made key contributions to victories over GWS and Hawthorn as the Bulldogs crept into the top eight.
The bye ahead of the final has since worked in Bontempelli’s favor and the break sets him up for a big role in next weekend’s clash with Fremantle at Optus Stadium.
“It wasn’t as bad as what was released … it was more of an overuse result from a corkie the previous week,” Bontempelli told reporters on Friday when asked about the adductor injury.
“He (Beveridge) was right that we sat down and talked about it for a bit.
“I know where my body is so it was a good discussion about it, but I’m feeling pretty good and I’m definitely over the adductor stuff now, which is good.
“I’ve noticed that like every year you’re looking at different things and probably everyone is in the league at this point.
“The finale goodbye is an opportunity to refresh your mind and body and prepare for another series of finals.”
While Bontempelli will face Fremantle, teammate Jason Johannisen faces a race against time to stay fit.
The 2016 Norm Smith medalist has played seven games since overcoming a calf injury that ruled him out of the first half of the season but has missed the last three rounds with an ankle complaint.
“He drives well and I think he has one or two speed-based parameters that he needs to tick off, but the good thing is that we have the time for that,” said Bontempelli.
“I think he will definitely be in the window to play hopefully.
“If you look at his speed and efficiency and effectiveness with the ball, that gives our front half a little more power with the mix that’s up there.
“He’s a seasoned player so it just adds that level of maturity and he’s quite a dynamic player.”
The Bulldogs trained at Port Melbourne’s ETU Stadium on Friday and will be using temporary bases during their finals campaign while the Whitten Oval’s playing surface is undergoing a major redevelopment.
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