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Hawks 'hungry as ever' for success: Lewis

Jordan Lewis wants that winning feeling again in 2016 - ${keywords}
Jordan Lewis wants that winning feeling again in 2016

HAWTHORN vice-captain Jordan Lewis has declared the premiers are "as hungry as ever" to win a fourth straight flag.

The full playing list returned to training last week at Waverley as the Hawks eye off a place in history.

Collingwood is the only club to have recorded four consecutive premierships, saluting from 1927 to 1930.

Lewis said the players were determined to taste success once again in 2016.

"We've forgotten about the past for the meantime, but certainly looking forward to next year," Lewis said at Hawthorn's partnership launch with Audi at Vue de Monde restaurant in Melbourne on Wednesday night.  

Lewis ready to steer Hawks

"It’s a good story and we're committed to the cause. We've only lost a couple of players, which is good and the guys remain hungry, which is probably the most important thing. I believe we're hungry enough to do it."

The side that won the 2015 flag won't look dramatically different next season with just three major changes to the list in the off-season.

Ruckman David Hale and defender Brian Lake retired, while Matt Suckling moved to the Western Bulldogs.

Big man Jonathon Ceglar will get his opportunity with Hale gone, while Angus Litherland is the perfect replacement for Suckling.

Lewis said the team would try to ignore the talk and hype surrounding their campaign for a fourth consecutive flag, but admitted it was a goal they wanted to achieve. 

"You try and put it in the back of your mind, but ultimately that's what we are here to do," he said.

 "We are here to win premierships so that at the end of the day is what drives us.

"We're in a really good position to [win another premiership], but there's obviously a lot of water to go under the bridge. It might have looked easy the last three years, but certainly behind the scenes it's not."

Hawthorn chief executive Stuart Fox reiterated Lewis comments, saying he was confident the club could salute again in 2016.

Coach Alastair Clarkson wouldn't buy into talk of another premiership, but said the players had all returned in good shape from the off-season.

"We genuinely believe this period from October to the end of December is the most important 10 to 12 weeks of our season," the four-time premiership coach said.

"If we do that really, really well we give ourselves a great chance the following year. That's been a mandate that Andrew Russell [Hawthorn fitness guru] has indoctrinated into our club and we've certainly seen the benefits of that over the last few years."

Hawthorn's preparations for next season heat up on Friday with the club flying out to Mooloolaba on Queensland's Sunshine Coast for a gruelling 10-day training camp.