Win­gard bid puts Hawks in dilemma

NT News - - SPORT - SAM ED­MUND and MICHAEL WARNER

HAWTHORN are back­ing their renowned re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram to re­store Greater Western Syd­ney gut-run­ner Tom Scully to peak form.

But the Hawks face a dilemma in con­vinc­ing Ryan Bur­ton to leave as part of the Chad Win­gard trade, with the con­tracted young gun weigh­ing up whether to refuse be­ing used as bait.

Bur­ton was told by Hawthorn on Thurs­day night that they were will­ing to trade him to get Win­gard across the line.

Scully, 27, will join the Hawks on what is likely to be a four-year deal af­ter meet­ing with coach Alas­tair Clark­son on Thurs­day.

The 2009 No.1 pick passed a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion on the same day, de­spite not play­ing since Round 2 when he suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing bro­ken an­kle and syn­desmo­sis lig­a­ment dam­age against Colling­wood.

The Hawks could yet se­cure one of the AFL’s most pow­er­ful run­ners for as lit­tle as a third-round pick. Hawthorn cur­rently hold picks 15, 35 and 53.

Fit­ness guru Andrew Rus­sell has de­fected to Carl­ton, but the phys­ios and doc­tors who helped solve Jaeger O’Meara’s knee is­sues re­main at the club.

Scully was keen to re­turn to Vic­to­ria and is one of four Giants leav­ing a club in the grip of a ma­jor salary cap squeeze.

Scully had three years to run on a deal at GWS, rene­go­ti­ated af­ter join­ing the ex­pan­sion club as the game’s “$6mil­lion man”.

Team­mates Dy­lan Shiel and Rory Lobb are leav­ing for Essendon and Fre­man­tle, re­spec­tively, and would have been on big bucks if they stayed in western Syd­ney.

Young Gi­ant Will Set­ter­field, who has played only two AFL games in two years be­cause of a knee re­con­struc­tion, was yes­ter­day traded with pick 71 to Carl­ton in ex­change for the Blues’ pick 43 and a fu­ture sec­ond-round se­lec­tion.

Set­ter­field was set to earn about $400,000 at the Giants next year – a deal given to him in an at­tempt to ward off in­ter­state raiders.

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