WARRNAMBOOL-raised Jordan Lewis will now call the Melbourne Football Club home after the most talked about trade deal in 2016 was finalised on Tuesday morning.
The Hawks 2016 vice-captain and runner-up in the club best and fairest was traded to Melbourne for its third and fourth round picks (currently 48 and 66).
The Demons also picked up Hawthorn’s third and fourth round selections (currently 57 and 68) as part of the deal.
Lewis paid tribute to his roots and the AFL club he won four flags at in a statement released by the Demons.
“I firstly want to start off by thanking the Hawthorn Football Club. I arrived there as an 18-year-old from Warrnambool and to leave the Club as a four-time premiership player is something I am very proud of,” he said.
“My decision to come to Melbourne started when ‘Clarko’ (Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson) and I caught up a couple of weeks ago for what was a really honest chat.
Jordan Lewis at today's media conference: "In my mind, I was here two weeks ago … I’m really excited about it..."— Melbourne Footy (@MelbourneFooty) October 18, 2016
“We spoke about what my future could look like beyond my current contract and following that catch-up I sat down and looked at my options.
“I looked at every club in the competition and after going through every list, Melbourne was the one that stood out – if I wasn’t going to be at Hawthorn. It was clear to me that I wanted to play for the Melbourne Football Club.”
Lewis, 30, has struck a three-year contract with Melbourne.