How Luke ce­mented his fu­ture at Hawks

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - KATE SALEMME

HAWTHORN for­ward Luke Breust has re­vealed he dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of a trade last year with coach Alastair Clark­son.

Breust’s name was linked to a pos­si­ble move at the end of last year to help the Hawks se­cure gun trade tar­gets Jaeger O’Meara from Gold Coast or Tom Mitchell from Syd­ney.

But Breust blocked any trade, declar­ing to his coach he wants to be a one-club player.

“I went around to his house and just sat down with him and had a great chat about what I was think­ing and what the footy club was think­ing,” Breust said.

“I made it very clear that day with Clarko I wanted to stay at Hawthorn and wanted to try to play out my ca­reer there.

“He was all for that. Things from there moved pretty quickly and pretty seam­lessly. Con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions started and within a cou­ple of months I was fine (about the sit­u­a­tion).

“It was ob­vi­ously a bit of a dif­fi­cult time for me. I wasn’t a huge fan of my name be­ing thrown around like that.

“But at the end of the day that is the footy land­scape we play in now and it’s be­com­ing more and more prom­i­nent at the end of the year that there’s a lot of player move­ment.”

Six months af­ter meet­ing with Clark­son about mov­ing on from Hawthorn where he was drafted with pick No.47 in the 2009 rookie draft, Breust signed a lu­cra­tive long-term deal un­til the end of 2021.

The Hawks pulled two shock moves last Oc­to­ber, trad­ing four-time premier­ship vet­eran and reign­ing best and fairest win­ner Sam Mitchell to West Coast be­fore Jor­dan Lewis moved to Mel­bourne af­ter both had sim­i­lar meet­ings with Clark­son.

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