MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Alastair Clarkson, Senior Coach of the Hawks looks on during the 2019 AFL round 04 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Hawthorn Hawks at Marvel Stadium on April 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

North Melbourne has been urged to enquire about Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson to replace Rhyce Shaw in 2021.

The Kangaroos confirmed on Friday that Shaw would step away from his role for an indefinite period of time due to personal issues.

Player-manager Liam Pickering believes North Melbourne should test the waters with Clarkson to see if he is willing to return to the club he played 93 games for between 1987-1995.

“I know it won’t happen, but the other option is Alastair (Clarkson),” he said on SEN’s Off The Bench.

“He’s an ex-North Melbourne [player], I don’t think he’d [accept the offer] as he’s contracted [to Hawthorn], but the reality is the Hawks are in a rebuild.

“I could only see it if Hawthorn was also of the view that with the new group coming through, they need a fresh voice, but I don’t think they will.

“I just think it’s worth asking the question, he’s a favourite son of the club and is mates with [several people at North Melbourne].”