Mackie Returns

The Box Hill Hawks are pleased to announce another key re-signing, as Liam Mackie confirms he will return to City Oval in 2019.

The 20-year-old Glenelg product notched seven games with the Hawks this year after crossing from Collingwood, where he was picked up at number 39 in the Rookie Draft.

Mackie’s football path wasn’t of a particularly traditional nature. The somewhat late bloomer leapt into draft calculations after being crowned best on ground for Sacred Heart, in the South Australian State School knockout competition. From there, he missed Under 18 state selection but was granted a lifeline when he was invited to the AFL State Combine.

It was Mackie’s penetrating kick which caught the eye of recruiters – a trait which may run in the genes of the running defender, who is the cousin of Geelong triple premiership player, Andrew Mackie.

He also boasts a cool head under pressure, excellent decision making skills and with an 186cm frame, the ability to win one-on-one contests against both tall and small opposition forwards.

But perhaps most impressive is Mackie’s attitude and professionalism, which senior coach, Max Bailey, has noted in the rangy defender’s pre-season preparations.

“We lost a lot of experience after season 2018 and have asked our returning players to step up to replace this – Liam is one player clearly focused on doing so.”

“Even though he is still young, his time in the AFL system and desire to improve himself are making him stand out in training.”

“I’m looking forward to watching Liam continue to lead and grow.”

Like Bailey, we look forward to seeing the continued development of Mackie and what he will bring to the brown and gold, in season 2019.

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