James Frawley has joined the reigning premiers after leaving Melbourne.
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James Frawley’s exit from Melbourne is complete today after the defender joined Hawthorn as a free agent.
Frawley confirmed he was leaving the Demons last week, and was free to join the club of his choice as an unrestricted free agent.
The 26-year-old will boost the reigning premiers’ defensive stocks and looms as a long-term replacement to Brian Lake, who signed a one-year contract extension on Friday.
Frawley said it was a difficult decision to leave Melbourne, but added that seeing the success of Lake after leaving the Western Bulldogs made choice a tad easier.
“Every player plays footy to try and win a premiership and be in a successful side and that’s what I see here at Hawthorn and that’s why I made the choice,” Frawley told the club’s website.
“There were many factors that came into the decision but ‘Lakey’ has had some good luck coming here from the Bulldogs – two years running for two flags, that’s a pretty good strike rate.
“I’ll be happy to put my hand up for just one of them, that’d be enough for me.
“I’m sad to leave (Melbourne) but you have to do what’s best for you.
“I found it really hard, especially when it came down to the crunch of actually making the decision.”
After missing out of Frawley, Geelong will now negotiate with Melbourne over forward Mitch Clark.