MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 04: Jack Gunston of the Hawks celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 07 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 04, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

Melbourne is reportedly keeping tabs on veteran Hawk Jack Gunston's situation.

According to Fox Footy's Tom Morris, the Demons may be interested in acquiring the 2020 Peter Crimmins Medallist.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 2: Jack Gunston of the Hawks celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round 02 match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 2, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The report states that while there was no discussion of a trade at Gunston's exit meeting, Hawthorn may be open to allowing an older player to depart in return for draft capital.

Melbourne's forward-line already accommodates the likes of Tom McDonald, Bayley Fritsch, Ben Brown and Luke Jackson, but by fare-welling off-contract Sam Weideman and rookie-listed Majak Daw, the Demons could make room for the three-time premiership Hawk.

The 29-year-old managed just one game this season after battling back issues, but is just a year removed from one of his best seasons -- after which he garnered trade interest from Collingwood -- and is contracted through 2022.

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - JULY 02: Shaun Burgoyne of the Hawks celebrates after kicking a goal with Jack Gunston of the Hawks during the round 15 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 2, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media/Getty Images)

It would appear that the Hawks aren't pushing the idea of a Gunston trade this off-season, but the three-time leading goal-kicker and All-Australian may be looking for a career revitalisation elsewhere after the departure of long-time senior coach Alastair Clarkson.

Gunston is a massive supporter of Clarkson and was reportedly unhappy with the way his premiership coach was treated on his way out of the Hawks.

Clubs are keeping an eye on the Gunston situation but are worried about the condition his back is in off the back of an operation.