Port Adelaide free agent Karl Amon has officially nominated Hawthorn as his AFL club of choice for 2023 and beyond

As an unrestricted free agent, the Hawks will welcome Amon to the club for free in October when the window opens.

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The Hawks won the race for the classy left footer’s services ahead of St Kilda and reigning premiers Melbourne, while Carlton had also previously showed some interest.

His decision to baulk at the Saints’ offer is particularly interesting, given his mother works at the club after she was hired just over six months ago.

The Hawks released a statement after 7NEWS reporter Mitch Cleary revealed Amon committed to the club on a four-year deal.

“Hawthorn Football Club is delighted to announce wingman Karl Amon has nominated the Hawks as his club of choice ahead of this year’s upcoming free agency period,” the statement read.

“The club will work its way through the process of signing Amon during the period, which commences Friday 30 September.”

Hawthorn national recruiting and list manager Mark McKenzie said the club was extremely pleased to receive the news.

Karl Amon will sign with the Hawks. Credit: Getty

“It’s certainly great news for the club to hear that Karl wants to be a part of what we are building here at Hawthorn,” McKenzie said.

“Karl complements our current list strategy and the direction we are taking as a club.”

Cleary also revealed that the Power are likely to receive an end of first round or second round selection as compensation for Amon.

“Free agency compo is based more on the $$ than the length. And players’ age,” Cleary tweeted.

“Eg Daniher signed initial (three-year) deal and netted (Essendon) first-rounder – wage approx 800k.

“However, Amon is a year older than first-time (free agents) and won’t be anywhere near that.

“End of R1/R2 pick most likely.”

Bontempelli ready for final after injury

While the bottom 10 club start to get ready for the silly season, finals-bound Western Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli has fully recovered from the adductor injury that hampered him in recent weeks, declaring himself fit for the AFL elimination final against Fremantle.

Bontempelli had been troubled by what Luke Beveridge called “a niggle or two” and met with the coach and medical boss Chris Bell earlier this month to plot a course towards September.

The 26-year-old star was cleared to play the last two rounds of the home-and-away season and gave important contributions in wins over GWS and Hawthorn as the Bulldogs snuck into the top eight.

The pre-finals bye has since worked in Bontempelli’s favour, with the break priming him for a big role in next weekend’s clash with Fremantle at Optus Stadium.

Bontempelli is ready to go for the elimination final. Credit: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

“It wasn’t as bad as what was put out … it was more of an overload result from a corkie the previous week,” Bontempelli told reporters on Friday when asked about the adductor injury.

“He (Beveridge) was correct in the fact that we had a bit of a sit down and a chat about it.

“I know where my body’s at so it was a good discussion around it but I’m feeling pretty good and I’m definitely over the adductor stuff now, which is good.

“I’ve found, like every year, you’re dealing with different things and probably everyone is across the league at this point.

“The pre-finals bye does present that opportunity to freshen your mind and your body up and get set to go for another finals series.”

While Bontempelli will play against Fremantle, teammate Jason Johannisen faces a race against time to be passed fit.

Bontempelli in action against the Hawks. Credit: Steve Bell/Getty Images

The 2016 Norm Smith medallist has played seven games since overcoming a calf injury that ruled him out of the first half of the season but has missed the last three rounds with an ankle complaint.

“He’s tracking well and I think he has one or two speed-based parameters to tick off, but the good thing is we’ve got the time for that,” Bontempelli said.

“I think he’ll definitely be in the window to hopefully play.

“When you consider his speed and efficiency and effectiveness with the ball, it gives our front half a bit more potency with the mix that’s up there.

“He’s an experienced player, so it just adds that layer of maturity and he’s a pretty dynamic player.”

The Bulldogs trained at Port Melbourne’s ETU Stadium on Friday and will use temporary bases throughout their finals campaign while the Whitten Oval playing surface is being revamped as part of a major redevelopment.

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