How Luke cemented his future at Hawks
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.