250 ‘a surprise’ to Hawkins

MILESTONE: Tom Hawkins will play his 250th game this weekend. Picture: Rebecca Hosking 195915

By Natalee Kerr

Cats superstar Tom Hawkins will celebrate his 250th game this weekend, a milestone he never thought would happen.

“It’s a bit surreal when you’re a current-day player and you reach milestones,” Hawkins said.

The two-time premiership player made his career debut in 2007 and has since witnessed “a lot” of past and present teammates before him celebrate the occasion.

“When I was 21 and 22, Joel Corey and Matty Scarlett were playing their 250ths,” he said.

“I couldn’t imagine that I would ever be in that position myself. It is very humbling.

“It’s something that I’ll be able to enjoy personally in ten years’ time when I’m coming back to the footy and watching the mighty Cats play.”

Hawkins, who turned 31 last Sunday, is the eighth player in his club’s history to play the milestone.

The father-of-two is contracted until the end of next year and has no intentions of slowing down.

“I feel really good physically and I’m really enjoying playing with this current group of players,” he said.

“I’m going to try and play as much football as I can.”

Hawkins has kicked 42 goals this year and is on track to become the Cats’ leading goal kicker for the eighth season in a row.

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