Hawthorn’s Will Langford places contract talks on hold

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Will Langford has told Hawthorn that he isn’t in a hurry to negotiate a contract extension with the AFL club and talks won’t get underway until the season starts. The 22-year-old is under contract until the end of 2015 and Hawthorn is eager to get last year’s Grand Final hero’s signature on a new deal. Like most clubs, the Hawks prefer to sign players who are in the last year of their contracts as early as they can, but Langford said he’s trying to concentrate on his game at the moment.

Langford actually signed an extension before the season got underway last campaign, which tied him to Hawthorn until the end of this year. He then enjoyed an excellent season in 2014 and emerged as one of the club’s top midfielders. Fans can back Langford and Hawthorn this year with their BetEasy AFL Head to Head Bet.

Langford has strong family ties to Hawthorn as his father Chris formerly starred for the side and his brother Lachlan recently joined the team as a rookie. The Hawks see Langford as being a key part of their future and want to make sure he’s signed as soon as possible. In addition, Langford’s value will continue to rise if he continues to play at the top level. He played beyond expectations last year, especially at the end of the season when he stepped in for some of the club’s injured stars.

Langford started to excel in round 19 in a match against the Western Bulldogs when Brad Sewell and Sam Mitchell were sidelined with injuries. He had played in 11 of the Hawks first 11 contests, but this was only his 13th game of the season after returning from a four-game stint in the VFL. Langford scored a couple of second-half goals against Geelong in round 22 and earning a Brownlow vote for the first time as the Hawks fought back from a five-goal deficit at halftime. He continued to play well during the finals against Port Adelaide and then kicked three goals during the Grand Final match as Hawthorn triumphed 137-74 over the Sydney Swans. The BetEasy AFL Head to Head Bet will attract a lot of attention when Sydney and Hawthorn square off this season.

His performance in the Grand Final earned Langford a vote for the Norm Smith Medal and he hopes to build on last year’s performances. The Hawks are anxious to re-sign Langford as well as other youngsters such as Jonathon Ceglar and Liam Shiels. After the 2014 season concluded Manager Graham Wright remarked, “Langford was outstanding this year. He really jumped up and we needed someone like him to help in the midfield. He is a real athlete and he has some drive about him.” Bettors and fans can back their favourite clubs during the 2015 campaign with the BetEasy AFL Head to Head Bet.

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