HAWTHORN football boss Graham Wright is hopeful top draftees Will Day and Finn Maginness will both play senior football this season.
Day, Maginness and Josh Morris – who is back running after knee surgery – were the Hawks' selections in last year's NAB AFL Draft, while rookie choice Emerson Jeka has made a quick impression, too.
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Wright revealed that Maginness, a father-son pick after his dad Scott played 131 matches and in two flags for the club, was among the 30 players in the mix for round one selection.
He ultimately missed out but being that close bodes well for the aerobically gifted teenager's rest-of-season outlook.
Day, Hawthorn's first pick at No.13 overall, is a lightly framed defender but boasts excellent skills and a high football IQ and may even be used further afield.
"We're hopeful and I would have thought Finn is really hopeful of actually getting on the field this year, from an AFL perspective," Wright said during a Facebook Q&A session.
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"We certainly hope that happens. He's had a fantastic pre-season and was in that 30 players considered for round one, so we'd think he'd be a good chance.
"Will Day's (also) been very good in the pre-season, our first draft pick from last year, and we'd be really hopeful he'll get in and play some games this year."
Morris should be fit again once games resume, which won't be any earlier than the end of May but likely longer, while Wright said key forward Jeka was showing "promising signs".
Meanwhile, highly valued defender Blake Hardwick (ruptured pectoral muscle) is on track to play in the Hawks' round two match, with Jarman Impey (ACL) not far behind in his recovery.
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Their impending returns mean All-Australian Jack Gunston would go back into attack after playing down back against Brisbane in the club's season opener, Wright said.
Hawthorn also remains committed to stationing former No.1 ruckman Ben McEvoy in defence, leaving Jon Ceglar to hold up the ruck department.
Mitch Lewis (ankle) would have been able to play the following week after the victory over the Lions, while Dan Howe (plantar fascia) is another who should be fit by June.
"At the moment, we're planning for them to be back (training) on May 4," Wright said.
"We're unsure whether that will happen, and that will be reviewed (by the AFL) on April 27, so our guys are only three weeks removed from playing a game.
"They've been training quite hard … obviously not as full-on as when they're at the club but certainly in a position that keeps them in a good spot to return on May 4, with games then on May 31.
"If that doesn't happen, we have to reassess – and we're putting some planning in place around what that might look like if they don't get back on May 4."
In other news from Wright, the veteran football boss doesn't want the draft age increased to 19 or for any potential list size cuts to go below 40 players per club.