New Hawk reveals historic family ties to club

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Two draftees followed in their fathers’ footsteps last Thursday night, with Hawthorn snaring Finn Maginness and Port Adelaide securing Jackson Mead.

To uncover earlier Hawks recruit Will Day’s family ties, you have to cast your eye a little further back.

The West Adelaide product is the grandson of premiership Hawk Robert Day, who spent two years at Glenferrie after a storied career of his own for the Bloods.

“Grandpa played in the 1971 premiership … it was actually on the TV not too long ago and we have tapes of it as well. It’s good to have a watch,” Day told SEN Drive.

“He got concussed and taken off at half time, but he still got the medal so it’s all good.”

The elder Day had 13 disposals in the first half of the 1971 Grand Final before he was substituted, with Hawthorn trailing the Saints by two points.

Allan Jeans’ team stretched their lead to 20 points at half time, but under John Kennedy the Hawks stormed over the top with seven final quarter goals to seal a seven point win.

Despite his grandfather’s history with Hawthorn, Day’s support went down a path less travelled.

“As a youngster I followed the Crows, and then my cousin (Sam) went up to the Gold Coast, so I followed him up and became a Gold Coast supporter," Day said.

Swapping a red and gold scarf for a brown and gold jumper will be a smooth transition for Day, the 187cm defender having modelled his game on club champion Luke Hodge.

“A half back who can be a defensive player but turn it into offense, and just his disposal as well,” he reasoned.

Day appears likely to drop in behind the ball for now, but in time could join Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell and breakout onballer James Worpel in the centre circle.

“Right now I’m really comfortable at half back. As a junior I was always an inside midfielder, so when the body comes along a bit I think I’ve still got the skills to get back into the midfield,” he said.

Woodville-West Torrens forward Josh Morris rounded out the Hawks’ draft crop, following Day and Maginness.