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"I wouldn't have thought so" - Hawks list manager on luring big fish in this year's trade period

  • "I wouldn't have thought so" - Hawks list manager on luring big fish in this year's trade period

    GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Jaeger O'Meara handballs during a Gold Coast Suns AFL beach training session at Palm Beach on January 30, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Hawthorn is unlikely to make any big plays for out of contract stars in this year's trade/free agency period according to list manager Graham Wright, who says the club doesn't have great salary cap space.

The Hawks were confident they could lure former Essendon utility, now St Kilda defender Jake Carlisle, but failed in that bid as Carlisle chose the Saints.

After missing out on Carlisle, it was the first time wasn't able to lure a big name to the club since their premiership winning year in 2008. 

Wright spoke to's Road to the Draft and said he and the club was waiting to see how much the new broadcasting rights deal would fit in with the salary cap.

"We're hopeful the cap goes up a little bit next year but I wouldn't say we've got great space. We've got a lot of players who are high quality players who command reasonable money and they should, so I wouldn't have thought we've got a lot of cap space," Wright said.

The Hawks have been linked to Gold Coast star young midfielders Dion Prestia and Jaeger O'Meara all season long so far.

"We're like everyone else and sitting back and seeing what happens with all players at all clubs and whether there's opportunities for us," Wright said.

"He (O’Meara) hasn't played a lot of footy for a long time now, and I'm unsure where he's at in relation to playing any time soon so it's a difficult one." 

Wright also ruled out any chance of the Hawks signing banned Bombers defender Michael Hurley, who Wright says he expects to remain at the Bombers. 

"From my understanding I think Michael will stay. It’s a bit hard when you're talking about players who are contracted at other clubs to say too much, but that would be my understanding,"

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