Chris Scott believes Tom Hawkins continues to be bettering as a participant because the veteran spearhead leads the road in Geelong’s AFL premiership push.
Hawkins kicked his 700th profession objective throughout the Cats’ win over West Coast final week and sits third in the Coleman Medal tally this season with 36 majors.
The 33-year-old has performed 315 video games since his debut in 2007 however is displaying no indicators of slowing down.
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“I think his capacity to adjust with the way the game’s shifted is something that’s taken a few by surprise,” Geelong coach Scott advised Fox Footy.
“My observation watching him early in his career is he was a really big lump of a kid.
“He is a very gifted sportsperson, not only a footballer. For those who watch him swing a tennis racquet or a golf membership, he is a technician, and he is all the time had that.
“But he’s grown into his body and learnt how to use it over the years and now his craft is as good as any key forward going around.
“He would not depend on his bodily attributes as a lot.”
Hawkins (701) sits third on Geelong’s all-time leading goal-kicker list behind club legends Gary Ablett (1021) and Doug Wade (834).
The modern champion, a two-time premiership star, has reached that point despite being renowned for his unselfish, team-first attitude.
“I do not assume the 700 objectives is in any means a good reflection of what he is been,” Scott mentioned.
“The sum of his sport is a lot extra than simply objectives.”
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley was part of Geelong’s coaching staff when Hawkins arrived at Kardinia Park as a father-son recruit at the end of 2006.
Hinkley now uses Hawkins as an example for his young Power forwards as they hone their forward craft.
“If he isn’t the perfect ahead craft participant in the competitors, I am unsure who the opposite is,” Hinkley advised Fox Footy.
“I take a look at Tom and I say the place’s the end line? I simply do not know when it should be.
“I’m absolutely sure he’s getting better and he drives me absolutely crazy every time we play Geelong.
“And never solely that, then they go and get Jeremy Cameron to sit down beside him, so good luck with that.”