MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Box Hill Coach Chris Newman speaks to the media during a VFL and VFLW Grand Final press conference at Ikon Park on September 19, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Hawthorn assistant Chris Newman has played down reports linking him to Carlton.

Sportsday co-host Sam McClure reported the Blues are interested in Newman joining the club as an assistant coach next season, however, the former Richmond captain is keen to re-sign with the Hawks.

“It was the first I’d heard of it. There’s not a lot of truth to it to be honest," Newman told AFL Nation and reported by Alex Zaia. 

“I’m committed to the Hawthorn footy club. I’ve loved my time here.

“We’ve been speaking (about a new contract) … hopefully things progress by the end of the season.”

Newman's stocks as an assistant coach have risen since his retirement in 2015.

The 268-game veteran was named VFL Coach of the Year in 2017 and guided Box Hill to the premiership in 2018.

Newman then moved into Alastair Clarkson main group of assistants and is in charge of the Hawks defence.

Carlton is expected to make wholesale changes to its coaching staff after they conclude their review of the club.

Long-time assistant John Barker has already left the Blues and the future of David Teague's fellow assistants is unclear.