After years of signing mature-aged recruits, Hawthorn is reportedly eyeing Adelaide Crows star Hugh Greenwood as its next big fish.
With the injury to Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell as well as the drop in form of ageing greats such as Jarryd Roughead, the Hawks have experienced a rare down year.
However, with a high draft pick set to bolster Hawthorn’s stocks, Alastair Clarkson’s side could perform a quick pivot with the inclusion of Greenwood who is currently out of contract.
According to the AFL.com.au report, the Hawks are among a number of rival clubs who are closely monitoring the 27-year-old’s contract negotiations with the Crows.
After an impressive breakout season in 2018 which saw him average a career-best 17.4 disposals per game and 6.6 tackles per game, Greenwood has backed up those numbers in 11 games so far this season.
If Hawthorn finishes the season in the 13th position it currently occupies, it could head to November’s National Draft holding the sixth pick, the club’s highest selection since the 2006 Draft where it selected Mitchell Thorp sixth overall.
Hawthorn has also been heavily linked to GWS Giants star Stephen Coniglio all season, just 12 months out from its failed pursuit of Coniglio’s former Giants teammate Dylan Shiel.
Coniglio is not the only Giant to be linked with the Hawks, with the club understood to be interested in oft-injured forward Jonathan Patton.
Patton has been thought of as damaged goods after he underwent his third knee reconstruction during the season and is understood to be earning a salary of around $500,000 with the Giants through 2020.
However, after getting former Giants midfielder Tom Scully at an extremely low price due to his serious ankle issues that caused him to miss most of 2018, Hawthorn will back its medical staff to get the most out of Patton.