HAWTHORN coach Alastair Clarkson was tight-lipped on Saturday morning about the possibility of departing Gold Coast young gun Jaeger O'Meara moving to the Hawks.
On Thursday, the Suns released a statement to say the 22-year-old wanted to move interstate. As he has not been in the system long enough to be classed as a free agent, any club wishing to acquire O'Meara would have to trade for him, or select him in either the NAB AFL Draft or the pre-season draft.
The three-time reigning premiers have been linked to the midfielder, whose persistent knee injuries have meant he has not been seen on an AFL field since 2013.
"It's a (Hawks list manager) Graham Wright question. We're probably not in a position as a club right now to have comment on it," Clarkson said at training on Saturday.
"He's just name No.25 that's been linked to Hawthorn that (everyone) has read in the press as much as I have. I'm amused sometimes with all the names that get linked to us.
"It's only just come out this week that Jaeger's given the indication that he wants to move."
The Hawks face Collingwood on Sunday afternoon at the MCG, in a clash that will have significant ramifications on their finals spot.
A win could have them as high as first, but a loss could see them fall to seventh.
Premiership forward Ryan Schoenmakers is back in the team for the first time since round three after being hampered by a groin issue.
"He's missed a fair amount of footy," Clarkson said.
"His last six or eight weeks he's slowly been able to build some strength up in his body and overcome that groin problem.
"It's a little bit of the unknown, but what we do know is he brings a really strong presence for us when he plays in the front half and he's capable for us to do some good things in the back half when we require him to do so."