Alastair Clarkson sticking with the Hawks

“I’m in the third wave of trying to secure some silverware for our footy club.

“The first one was obviously 2005-2008 and then 2009-2012 we built ourselves to a position to challenge for silverware again.

“We’re in the middle of a phase right now where we’re trying to do that again. I’m very, very committed to that and my contract status with the club reflects that.

“I don’t anticipate I’m going anywhere, and I don’t want to unless the club tap me on the shoulder and said we think it’s time. If that’s the case, then I’ll look elsewhere but that’s not going to be the case.”

The Hawks won the 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015 premierships under Clarkson and finished top four in 2016 and 2018 but lost both finals to be eliminated in straight sets.

Clarkson has taken an aggressive approach towards list management with several senior players including Luke Hodge, Jordan Lewis and current Hawks assistant Sam Mitchell ending their careers at other clubs in recent seasons while the Hawks introduced Tom Mitchell, who won the 2018 Brownlow Medal, Jaeger O’Meara, Chad Wingard and Tom Scully via the trade period.

Clarkson tried to play down the prospects of Isaac Smith departing at the end of the season despite interest in the wingman from the Western Bulldogs with the on-baller returning to the team this week to take on the Brisbane Lions.

“We don’t have to worry about trades and that sort of stuff until October so let’s just leave it until then,” Clarkson said.

Hawthorn sit just outside the eight with five wins and five losses after 10 rounds and is one win behind their opponent, the Brisbane Lions, who beat them twice last season.

However they have a better percentage than the Lions so they would go ahead of Brisbane if they win the match.

Clarkson acknowledged that Chris Fagan and Hodge had planned well against the Hawks in the past.

“History would say it’s probably helped them out because they beat us in both games last year,” Clarkson said.


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