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Hawks go back-and-forth on injured veteran

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Hawthorn have committed to redraft Chad Wingard in next month's rookie draft after delisting the All Australian forward on Thursday, alongside teammate Cooper Stephens.

The Indigenous veteran was offered a lifeline one-year contract extension in September after injuring his Achilles late in the season.

He'd battled through an injury-plagued year as the club showed positive signs through their rebuild.

The 30-year-old will start the 2024 season still recovering, with a return date expected mid-way through the year.

The Hawks delisted the Wingard on Thursday, but will re-add him to their list as a rookie on November 22.

Stephens is in the same position.

Hawthorn has picks 4, 44, 47, 49, 62, 63 and 83 in the upcoming national draft.

"The changes will allow the club to utilise all selections acquired prior and during the recent trade period leading into this month's AFL national draft," the club said on Thursday.

Wingard has played 71 of his 218 career games in brown and gold since crossing from Port Adelaide ahead of the 2019 season.

He's a two-time All Australian - 2013 and '15.

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