Clarkson eager to take time on AFL future

2021-08-13 11:03:12

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson insists he’ll take a breath and time to decide on his future as he prepares to guide the Hawks two extra occasions.

The four-time premiership coach will depart at season’s finish after the Hawks scrapped their Clarkson-Sam Mitchell succession plan.

Clarkson has beforehand been linked to the vacant Collingwood head coach function, David Teague’s place at Carlton and extra just lately, Gold Coast, however indicated he would “step away” from soccer to contemplate his future.

“I’ve stated all alongside that it is wanting very seemingly that I’ll take a breath and discover what the second half of my life appears like,” Clarkson stated on Friday.

“That is perhaps in or out of footy. I’m but to find out that however I need to use the fullness of time, if I get the chance to, to only sit again and think about my spouse and household and a few shut associates what my subsequent chapter would possibly appear like.

“However that is going to take a while I believe and the very best factor I can do is step away from the sport for a time period to do this.

“It might imply it is a step away from the sport altogether. All of the choices can be found by way of what the subsequent part of my life appears like.”

Clarkson stated discuss of any provides he’d already obtained was “greatest left alone”.

Hawthorn face Western Bulldogs in Launceston on Saturday in what Clarkson anticipated would “greater than seemingly” be his final sport in Tasmania.

After profitable their previous two video games, the Hawks are eager to take it as much as the second-placed Bulldogs, who’re coming off an upset loss to Essendon.

That process was made sterner when midfielder James Worpel withdrew from the sport by means of harm on Friday, changed by Jai Newcombe.

“(Essendon have) proven us a path on how one can beat the Canine – however solely 4 or 5 sides have been ready to do this for the 12 months,” Clarkson stated.

“So we’re not pretending it is gonna make it any simpler for us however it does present us that it’s potential.

“We have got a fairly younger group, their midfield’s very, very highly effective and we have to on the very least match them in that space – however be at our best simply to match them in that space.

“If we are able to then we give ourselves the prospect of knocking them off however we all know that the problem is important and we’ll must play a few of our greatest footy.”

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