MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07: Chad Wingard of the Hawks celebrates a win during the 2019 AFL round 03 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 07, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos)

Premiership player Shane Crawford believes that Chad Wingard could be a target for other clubs as Hawthorn look to transform their list in the off-season.

The 27-year-old arrived from Port Adelaide in 2019 and Crawford says that he wouldn’t be surprised if Wingard was to be offered to other clubs.

“I think Chad Wingard, I’m not saying you want to trade him, but I reckon clubs would probably see him as the most important Hawthorn player because he’s a wonderful ball user, plays across half forward” he said speaking to Channel Nine’s Full Time. 

“It wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of clubs come asking about Chad Wingard and whether or not they can get him on their list.”

The Sturt-born midfielder has kicked 18 goals for the Hawks this season, averaging 14.3 disposals per game.

Several older players at the club have decided their future in the past week, with Paul Puopolo and captain Ben Stratton announcing their retirement, whilst the 37-year-old Shaun Burgoyne has decided to play on until the end of 2021.

However, Crawford says that Wingard might not have any say on his future.

“You don’t have much control because the club virtually takes control of your destiny a bit, especially if there’s going to be a better deal.”

“His first six games this year was right up there with the very best. Then he’s had a big drop away, but he’s played a lot more through the middle.

“He’s played half forward, he’s a beautiful kick for goal.