The Hawks are excited to announce that Josh Manning has joined the Club and will take over the reigns as the Club Captain.

Not long after captain Shorye Chopra confirmed his departure from the club, heading to Camberwell Magpies, Kingston Hawthorn secured St Kilda batter Josh Manning as its new skipper.

He has joined his father, senior assistant coach Allan, at Walter Galt Reserve.

Josh Manning is shifting clubs after a long stint at St Kilda. Picture: Andy Brownbill

Kingston Hawthorn had been chasing Manning since former senior coach Peter Marshall was appointed, but he stayed loyal to the Saints, where he had played for 13 years.

But the Hawks’ latest approach came at a good time.

Some four months ago Manning became a father, he lives two minutes from the ground, and he was ready for a new challenge.

The left-hander gave St Kilda admirable service, playing more than 200 games across the grades.

At first XI level the patient left-hander made his debut in 2011-12 and had 148 matches, hitting 3817 runs and four centuries.

He was in and out of the firsts last season, scoring 142 runs, but was prolific in the seconds.

Manning had a golden summer in 2018-19, stacking up 727 runs at 51.9, including centuries against Geelong (120no), Northcote (137) and Richmond (a career-high 146).

Hawks president Brett Sebire said the club was chuffed to finally land Manning, who plays amateur football for Parkdale Vultures.

“I’ve known Josh for years,’’ Sebire said.

“I’ve been around the Parkdale footy club, down at the Vultures, and I’d talk to Josh, and I reckon I’ve been talking to him for about four years about him coming across and playing cricket. He’s always wanted to stay very loyal to St Kilda.

“I think he’s just thought it’s time for a bit of a change, and for us he gives stability at the top end, plenty of experience and a wise old head. “We’ve got a fairly young list and I think he’s going to be really good for the club.’’

“Josh will just be fantastic in that regard. He’s got a level head, knows the game and knows most of our blokes anyway … we’re really looking forward to him taking on that leadership role.”