The Hawks are a fair way away from another flag, and the reality is that Alastair Clarkson's side are in the midst of a rebuild.

Whilst they have some youngsters coming through, they still sit almost smack bang in the middle of the pack for average squad age, meaning they could use some younger, established talent to reinforce their team.

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5 Trade Targets: GWS

We continue our ‘Five trade targets for every club’ series with Hawthorn

The idea of these stories is to identify potentially gettable targets who could fill roles, not just link every club to superstars, the likes of Marcus Bontempelli or Patrick Cripps.

In no particular order, here are five players which the Hawks recruitment team would do well to target and potentially poach.


1. Sam Taylor

The young GWS defender has been one of the standouts for Leon Cameron's side over the course of the year with his partnership with Nick Haynes being pivotal.

Despite being struck down with arthritis at the start of the year, Taylor has come back and proved to be one of the most solid players in GWS' lineup.

The 22-year-old averages 5.1 contested defence one-on-ones per game and is ranked sixth in the league for intercepts per game, top level numbers for a defender.

Should he make the move down south to Victoria, he would become one of the main men in the Hawks defence. Alongside Changkuoth Jiath and Sam Frost at the back, Taylor making the switch would provide a sound base for Hawthorn to build from.