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Rioli signs new AFL deal with Hawks

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016 Roger Vaughan

Cyril Rioli's contract extension should ensure he's a one-club player, except Hawthorn have shown that's now a tenuous AFL concept.

The Hawks announced on Friday the 27-year-old dynamo had re-signed until the end of 2020.

Hawthorn stunned the AFL during the trade period two months ago when they orchestrated Sam Mitchell's move to Hawthorn and Jordan Lewis' transfer to Melbourne.

Only days earlier, Mitchell had won the club's best and fairest award, Lewis was second and Rioli was fifth in the voting.

Rioli told the club website the decision to re-sign was easy.

"I'm very happy where I am, and couldn't see myself being anywhere else," Rioli said.

"There was no hesitation after being offered the extension ... it was a no-brainer for me and I said yes immediately."

One of the league's most exciting players made his AFL debut with Hawthorn in 2008 - the season that ended with their upset grand final win over Geelong.

He's now a four-time premiership player and won the Norm Smith Medal as best afield in the 2015 grand final.

The Hawks star joined famous uncles Maurice Rioli and Michael Long in winning the medal.

Rioli has overcome persistent hamstring injuries to play 178 games.

He had 21 games this season and kicked 47 goals, earning his third All-Australian selection.

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