SHAUN Burgoyne wants to play on in 2017 and believes Hawthorn teammates Luke Hodge and Josh Gibson will follow suit.
With Sam Mitchell recently signing on for another season, the Hawks now have to make calls on the futures of their veteran trio.
Burgoyne, 33, who has been in imperious form in his 16th season in the AFL, said he was hopeful of earning another contract.
"I would like to (play on), but it also depends on how the club's going, how the body's feeling and whether I'm still getting a kick or not as well," Burgoyne said on Wednesday.
"You're forever retired, so you've got to make it last as long as you can."
Burgoyne said Hodge and Gibson, both 32, were still playing well enough to add to their decorated careers in 2017, while Jordan Lewis, 30, is already contracted until the end of next season.
"Sam's already signed on and is going around again and I think us other three respect the process the club is going through," Burgoyne said.
"We're all playing good enough footy and we probably will all go on.
"But you've just got to wait and see how things work out, because although we all want to play on forever, you've also got to have one eye on the future, and you want to leave the club in a good state."
Burgoyne said he would be prepared to take less money to play on at the Hawks.
"If you look at the blokes on our list, you've got to decide whether you want money or you want success," Burgoyne said.
"If you want success, you have to take less; that's just the facts and we have a good group who are selfless and understand where everything's at in terms of money."
The Hawks star is averaging 18.8 disposals and a career-high 5.9 tackles per game this year, and was a key player in dragging his team over the line last Thursday against the Swans.
"You've got to have an honest conversation with yourself about how you feel and the motivating factors in going on," Burgoyne said.
"At the moment, I seem to be going alright, so we'll look forward to getting through this year and then we'll renegotiate what happens after that."
Burgoyne joined Richmond's Shane Edwards, Melbourne's Neville Jetta and Hawks rookie Jermaine Miller-Lewis in launching the AFLPA’s Many Stories, One Goal program, which supports indigenous footballers.
The event also featured Miller-Lewis' traditional indigenous paintings as part of a pop-up art exhibition.
Neville Jetta, Shaun Burgoyne, Jermaine Miller-Lewis and Shane Edwards at the launch. Picture: AFLPA