HAWTHORN premiership player and former North Ballarat Rebel Clinton Young will play out his AFL career with Collingwood.
Young, who is originally from Minyip-Murtoa in the Wimmera Football League, has accepted a three-year deal as a free agent.
The 26-year-old played 116 games for the Hawks and was a member of the 2008 premiership team.
He played in the grand final loss to the Sydney Swans this year.
Hawthorn offered him a new contract, but he chose to accept a Collingwood.offer.
"Clinton and his family were a big part of the club and it's disappointing he has chosen to leave," coach Alastair Clarkson told AAP today.
"While it's disappointing to lose a member of our 2012 grand final team, and a long-time contributor to our club, player movement is a reality in the free agency market."
Hawthorn drafted Young from the Rebels in the 2004 rookie draft after playing 19 games in the TAC Cup over two seasons - four in 2003 and 15 in 2004.
He was elevated in 2005, when he made his AFL debut with the Hawks.