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Jaeger O'Meara contract extension: Hawthorn star signs four-year deal

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© Getty Images Hawthorn have locked in gun midfielder Jaeger O'Meara for four more seasons, keeping him in brown and gold until at least the end of 2023. 

O'Meara, who was due to come out of contract at the end of this year, is playing some of the best football of his career.

Hawks footy manager Graham Wright said the club were looking forward to O'Meara's contributions over the next few years.

"We’re thrilled to have Jaeger recommit for another four seasons," Wright said.

"It was a relatively easy decision from both parties.

"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."

Despite making his debut in 2013 and winning the Rising Star, O'Meara, 25, has only managed 74 senior games.

The West Australian started his career with Gold Coast, being selected with the first pick in the 2011 mini-draft.

After two injury-free seasons, knee issues then kept him out of the next two years before he moved to Hawthorn at the end of 2016.

The knee injury limited him to six games in his first season as a Hawk before he finally seemed to get on top of it, playing 21 games in 2018.

With last year's Brownlow Medal winner Tom Mitchell out injured for Hawthorn, O'Meara has started 2019 on fire, averaging 29 disposals, eight tackles and one goal per game.

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