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Hawk great considering retirement backflip with rival club?

Luke Hodge in his last game for the Hawks last month.
Luke Hodge in his last game for the Hawks last month. JULIAN SMITH

LUKE Hodge is reportedly considering a shock backflip on his retirement plans.

SEN's Sam McClure understands the Hawks champion could extend his 305-game career on the Gold Coast next season, despite retiring last month.

McClure told SEN Breakfast a position similar to the one which drew Hodge's former Hawthorn teammate Sam Mitchell to the West Coast Eagles has been pitched by Suns CEO Mark Evans.

Evans, who used to be the football manager at Hawthorn, personally contacted Hodge to gauge his interest.

"It's my understanding Mark Evans has made personal contact with Luke Hodge over a position, which may involve him coming out of retirement and playing for at least a season," he told SEN Breakfast.

 

Luke Hodge (right) could yet be lining up alongside Gold Coast's Kade Kolodjashnij
Luke Hodge (right) could yet be lining up alongside Gold Coast's Kade Kolodjashnij DALE CUMMING

"He may or may not take up the offer, but it's believed he is seriously considering it. He thought his days were over and he's reconsidering what to do.

"People will deny this and I know Hodgey is finishing a book over the next week, he's due to start in the media next season.

"He was also asked to be a part of the coaching selection panel, but the five man panel was confirmed over the weekend."

Former Melbourne champion Garry Lyon endorsed the move, saying Hodge was exactly the type of leader missing at the Suns, who are currently searching for a new head coach.

"All I know is that club appears to me to be rudderless, in terms of strong on-field discipline, not off-field, (but) on-field," Lyon said.

"They've got prodigiously-talented kids who I'm told have yet to embrace the necessary professionalism required at this level, and while the Gold Coast is a nice place to be it doesn't always engender the atmosphere that is needed at this level.

"I don't think it would matter (if he was made captain), I'm happy to have Steven May and Tom Lynch remain captain, but I'd make him assistant coach.

"Mark Evans would know intimately what Luke Hodge brings to a football club. On and off the field, so it absolutely ticks boxes for me. You would have a better culture there within two months."

Topics:  afl gold coast suns hawthorn luke hodge mark evans

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