Legendary Hawks boss Alastair Clarkson has spoken about watching his former crew below Sam Mitchell from afar after final 12 months’s teaching spherical completed his 17-season gold run on the membership.
The succession plan created within the again half of the 2021 season noticed Clarkson go away Hawthorn a season early and, after the four-time prime minister, determine to take a 12 months off from the sport as a number of golf equipment put together to bid him for 2023.
The Younger Hawks have had a robust begin to this season below Mitchell with a 2-0 win earlier than dropping 5 of their final six video games and presently sit twelfth forward of powerful fights in opposition to Richmond and Brisbane.
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Talking on Fox Footy AFL 360 Further On Thursday night time, Clarkson stated he had no hassle watching his outdated crew end in Spherical 1 and was joyful to see them taking part in nicely within the first rounds.
“Oddly sufficient it wasn’t (a surprising second). I do not know if the truth that I am not doing that (teaching) anymore comes into play,” she stated.
“I’ve solely watched two video games stay this season, which shocked me as a result of I believed I used to be going to actually, actually miss the sport.
“I nonetheless tracked it down and appeared from afar, however there isn’t any have to go each week. I assume I must be prepared for a spell and I spotted my time at Hawthorn was over. It was time to present that membership a brand new path and I used to be not part of it.
“I could not be happier for guys like Jaeger O’Meara, Jarman Impey, Tom Mitchell, ‘Frosty’ (Sam Frosty), Benny McEvoy, ‘Shielsy’ (Liam Shiels), ‘Gunno’ (Jack Gunston). (James) Sicily is again on the sector with a knee damage.
“I could not be extra joyful to see them doing nicely. So the final 4 or 5 weeks have been powerful, however they are going to have these sorts of fluctuations. I hope they will go somewhat higher in opposition to the Tigers this week.”
Regardless of Hawthorn’s latest decline, there are a lot of promising indicators at Waverley in 2022, together with a gradual loss to Essendon, who led 15 factors in three quarters final week.
It consists of the emergence of career-high Dylan Moore, who averaged 20.2 photographs per sport and scored 14 objectives, and Mitch Lewis, who scored 15 objectives in 5 video games earlier than receding from damage.
Clarkson stated it’s going to take time for the Hawks to construct consistency of their video games as they proceed to develop younger gamers who “can have a future”.