Source: Michael Dodge / News Limited.

Hawthorn will begin talks with Alastair Clarkson to ensure he remains at Hawthorn for the rest of his career.

The three-time premiership coach is out of contract at season’s end, with Hawthorn keen to tie him up as rival clubs constantly try to poach him.

Clarkson has indicated that he has no desire to coach elsewhere.

“If my time finished at Hawthorn in the next year or two, I don’t have any great desire to continue on the journey and coach another club,’’ Clarkson told the Herald Sun this week.

Rival clubs have consistently inquired about Clarkson whenever a club has a vacant coaching position, however, Clarkson has remained loyal to Hawthorn throughout his coaching career.

“Even though we have won the last two flags, we are going to need to find another new group of players, and that is the challenge of the next three to five years,’’ he said.

“I am excited to be a part of that journey. Will I stick around all that time? I am not sure.

“I am contracted until the end of next year. But we have got some great people at our football club.”