MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27: Sam Mitchell, Assistant Coach of the Eagles addresses his players in his first game coaching against his former team Hawthorn during the 2018 AFL round 10 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on May 27, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has revealed he has reached out to Eagles assistant coach Sam Mitchell in a bid to recruit him back to the club.

The four-time premiership Hawk has reportedly told the Eagles his desire to return to Victoria with his young family, despite still having two years to run on his contract.

And Clarkson says he would welcome Mitchell back to Hawthorn, although there would be a host of rival Victorian clubs lining up for his signature.

“I sent him a text this week and my wife did as well just to Lyndall (Mitchell’s wife),” Clarkson told The Herald Sun.

“It must be tough for them because they went over there on a little adventure and from all reports they’re going to come back a little bit earlier than what they thought.

“We’ll see how that all plays out but we’ve got more important things right now to be worrying about and I know Sam full well and his response to me was, ‘Yeah, we’re coming home Clarko but now’s not the right time to talk’. So I was put back in my box pretty quickly by Mitch.”

Mitchell moved to the Eagles as both a player and coach last year, beginning a four-year deal as an assistant under Adam Simpson’s leadership.