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Delisted Hawthorn forward Kade Stewart eyes Katanning return

A return to original club Katanning is the likely destination for delisted Hawthorn forward Kade Stewart as he looks to re-ignite his passion for footy alongside family and friends.
The 20-year-old was considered unlucky to be cut by the Hawks after seven AFL appearances in two promising seasons as a rookie.
Stewart performed well in the VFL during his final season on Hawthorn’s list, averaging 19 disposals, five marks and six tackles to go with 19 goals in 15 matches.
The 180cm small forward also added four AFL games, but admits there was “not much” contact from the club about his chances of getting another year on their list in 2018.
He was left in limbo until after the trade period, when his fate was revealed.
“It went a bit downhill the last couple of months there when I was unsure about my future,” Stewart told The West Australian.
“The dream of playing AFL is still there, but I just want to go back to enjoying my footy without everything to think about.”
Stewart recently moved back to his hometown in the Great Southern, where he plans to finish his electrical apprenticeship working for his dad’s company.
But he wasn’t ruling out a return to the WAFL after a season of country footy.
“I’m halfway through my (electrical) apprenticeship so I’ll just focus on that for now and then re-assess where I’m at,” he said.
Stewart, who received interest from several WAFL clubs including his former team South Fremantle, will link up with fellow ex-AFL player Josh Bootsma at the reigning Upper Great Southern premiers.
The Wanderers broke a 31-year flag drought last season, knocking off Narrogin by 43 points in the grand final.
Stewart’s older brother Tim, also a former South Fremantle player, won the George Warren Medal for best on ground.
Bootsma, a 14-game AFL player at Carlton, had a huge impact in his first season at Katanning after signing from Peel Thunder, booting 40 goals in 17 appearances.

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