MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20: Shaun Burgoyne and Josh Gibson of the Hawks looks dejected after losing the round nine AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Veteran Hawks’ trio set to play on

Hawthorn veteran Shaun Burgoyne says three of the Hawks’ un-contracted star veterans will all play on in 2017.

Burgoyne says he is keen to continue his career into a 17th AFL season, and believes Josh Gibson and Luke Hodge will also follow Sam Mitchell in re-signing with the reigning premiers.

“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.

“You’re forever retired, so you’ve got to make it last as long as you can.”

“Sam’s already signed on and is going around again and I think us other three respect the process the club is going through.

“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.”

The 33-year-old also said he was prepared to play on a reduced salary next season if it meant extending his career.

“If you look at the blokes on our list, you’ve got to decide whether you want money or you want success,” he┬ásaid.

“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 evergreen Burgoyne has played all 16 games this season, averaging 18.8 disposals 8.3 contested possessions, 4.4 score involvement and 5.9 tackles.


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