MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25: Tom Curren of the Saints tackles Jaeger O'Meara of the Suns during the round 22 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium on August 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Following the news today that Jaeger O'Meara has requested a trade to Hawthorn, the Suns have re-iterated that they will play hard ball with any club wanting to recruit the 2013 rising star winner.

O'Meara has officially named the Hawks as his preferred destination, but Gold Cost general manager of football Marcus Ashcroft issued a response, telling the Suns' website O'Meara will go to whichever club can provide the best deal.

"Today we were advised from the Hawthorn Football Club and Jaeger’s management that the Hawks is Jaeger’s club of choice,” Ashcroft said.

“As has been previously stated, Jaeger is on the market to a club that can provide us compensation we are prepared to accept.”

Earlier, Hawthorn released the following statement, confirming O'Meara had chosen the Hawks.

“Jaeger has indicated he wants to be at Hawthorn in 2017 and we are keen to make this happen," Hawthorn Recruiting and List Manager Graham Wright said.

“We fully respect that Jaeger is a Gold Coast player and we will work closely with the Suns in the lead up to the trade period to ensure we can get an appropriate deal done.”

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