Hawthorn’s Jack Gunston has suffered an harm setback, with coach Alastair Clarkson conceding the Hawks are actually centered on priming the ahead for the second half of the season.
Final yr’s finest and fairest winner, Gunston performed only one sport after preseason again surgical procedure earlier than he was a late withdrawal towards West Coast with a again spasm.
Gunston, 29, will miss Hawthorn’s bid for his or her third win of the season towards last-placed North Melbourne on Saturday, and seems unlikely to function towards Carlton or Gold Coast earlier than the mid-season bye.
“He is come again from that again surgical procedure and he performed the one sport and acquired by way of the sport okay however then within the warm-up earlier than final week’s sport he had a again spasm,” Clarkson mentioned.
“That has settled down now however now it is making an attempt to determine, given his historical past, simply how we will forestall it from taking place once more as a result of it simply occurs at an innocuous time.
“He will not play this week and I dare say we would not play him for a few weeks, simply to verify it settles down after which get the required energy program and that form of stuff after which try to assess when and why these kinds of issues occur to him.
“It is a bit of little bit of a setback for him however, hopefully, within the second half of the yr he will get some continuity and (can) have an effect for our membership.”
In the meantime Clarkson insisted Hawthorn would proceed to steadiness their recruiting between the draft, trades and free company albeit with a skew in direction of youth.
President Jeff Kennett informed SEN he did not count on Hawthorn to be aggressive this season or subsequent, however to hit the draft in a bid to contend once more by 2023.
Clarkson insisted prime picks alone would not ship a fast turnaround, highlighting the necessity to discover constant performers through late or rookie choices – like Richmond.
“If you will get that kind of perception and acceleration in your program then something can occur and it will probably occur rapidly, nevertheless it’s additionally robust,” he mentioned.
“We have seen different golf equipment like Melbourne and Carlton who’ve gone to the draft and been unable to show that into silverware and it has been actually, actually troublesome.
“We perceive how laborious the caper is and we’re simply hoping that we might be one of many ones who can flip it into silverware fairly rapidly.”
Clarkson, contracted till the tip of 2022, dismissed any dialogue on whether or not he could be an ongoing a part of Hawthorn’s rebuild as “hypothesis”.