“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.
Could Chad Wingard be on his way out of Hawthorn?@SCrawf9 believes every player in on the trade table, and that the former Port Adelaide mid/forward would attract the most interest.
— Footy on Nine (@FootyonNine) September 14, 2020