LINKS between Hawthorn's three-time premiership captain Luke Hodge and rival clubs are news to the man himself, the champion Hawk says.
Out of contract at the end of the season, Hodge appears to be keeping all options open.
AFL.com.au published an opinion piece on Wednesday suggesting the Brisbane Lions as the next challenge for Hodge, where he could also pursue an assistant coaching role under Chris Fagan.
Earlier in the week, a theory was floated on Channel Nine suggesting Geelong as a possible destination to help bolster its chances at nabbing a flag.
Cats superstar Patrick Dangerfield had fun with that theory on Twitter.
Hodge told AFL.com.au the Hawks' decision to trade out stalwarts Sam Mitchell (West Coast) and Jordan Lewis (Melbourne) might have added to the speculation.
"I don't know where they came from this week," Hodge said.
"I did enjoy Paddy Dangerfield's terrible Photoshop.
"I think because of the stuff that happened last year with Mitchell and Lewis, a lot more people are changing teams in this current day compared to what they used to in the past. That's the media. I don't read too much about it or watch too many footy shows anymore."
You were supposed to keep it quiet!! https://t.co/BDcvnTZBNC— Luke Hodge (@LHodge15) July 4, 2017
Hodge is in his 16th season after being drafted with the first overall selection in 2001. He is due to play his 300th game against Geelong at the MCG in round 17.
His thoughts on taking to the field again in 2018 aren't yet decided.
"It ebbs and flows. When I signed on last year it was like, 'We'll go through another year and see how the body and mind are', because people say your body can fall away pretty quickly," Hodge said.
"Mentally I'm still enjoying it (and) physically I'm still enjoying it, but I guess it's a position of where the footy club's at as well. We've found a lot of young, good footballers in the last month or so. I've really enjoyed that side of things.
"There's a fair bit to bring together to decide, with the family and that as well, then I'll chat to Clarko (coach Alastair Clarkson) and the footy club."
Fagan started at the Hawks for their premiership campaign in 2008 and stayed on until 2016, when he assumed the role of coach at the Lions.
Hodge and Fagan keep in touch but the dual Norm Smith medallist said that was nothing unusual.
"As soon as you've got some form of connection with a coach at another club, somehow you've tied links that you're going to go there," Hodge said.
"I spoke to Fages two weeks ago, I'll probably speak to him in a couple of weeks, and I'll probably go around for dinner at (Carlton assistant coach and former Hawthorn assistant) Johnny Barker's house this week. I don't really read too much into it when little rumours like that start."
The two-time best and fairest has been become involved in the media by commentating on several matches but hasn't decided what his future holds.
"There are parts of me that love coaching. It's probably grown on me a little bit more probably the last few years, the older I've got, just with doing a little bit of coaching at Xavier (College), the year 10s, and obviously spending a lot of time developing the younger guys down back at Hawthorn," he said.
"I've also done a fair bit of media stuff and I really enjoy explaining the game. Obviously you can't say too much because you're still at Hawthorn. You can probably voice your opinion a little bit more once you've finished playing football, but I like both."