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Hawks won't fall away: Kennelly

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Hawks won't fall away: Kennelly
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While many have been quick to declare the Hawthorn era at an end after their semi final loss to the Bulldogs on Friday night Tadhg Kennelly believes they will still be a force for years to come.

The last side to win three premierships in a row were the Brisbane Lions and they have struggled to return to the top since losing their bid for a fourth. Kennelly told SportsFan he doesn't expect the same fate to befall Hawthorn any time soon.

Kennelly explained that Hawthorn had done a good job of regenerating while still playing elite football, blooding seven player this year while going within a kick of making a preliminary final.

"I don't think they are going to fall away like Brisbane (after their threepeat)," Kennelly said. "They have brought in some really good youth and they are playing some good football for them.

"They have regenerated their list, although they will still go to the market looking for a bit of outside speed.

"There is a lot of talk about Jaeger O'Meara who is probably the best young player in the country and there is talk about Tom Mitchell as well. If they get those two they are probably going to have a crack at four more (flags)."

Watch Tadhg Kennelly give his thoughts on the Hawks in 2017 by clicking here or the video player above