PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15: Karl Amon of the Power looks to pass the ball during the round 13 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Port Adelaide Power at Optus Stadium on June 15, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos/via Getty Images )

Departing Port Adelaide free agent Karl Amon has nominated Hawthorn as his club of choice ahead of the AFL's sign and trade period.

Amon has gained interest from several Victorian clubs throughout the course of this season, with the Hawks, Saints, Blues and Demons all being linked to the East Sandringham product.

Port Adelaide confirmed this week that the 27-year-old would exercise his rights as a free agent this off-season, leaving the Power after nine seasons in South Australia.

“Karl has been an outstanding clubman in his time with us and he should be commended for his professionalism and maturity this season in particular,” Port Adelaide list manager Jason Cripps said on Monday.

“The club and Karl remained in continual discussion around his future throughout the season, yet his dedication to his preparation and application on game day never wavered.

“We wish him well in the next stage of his career.”

Amon has now officially nominated Hawthorn as his preferred club for 2023 and beyond.

"It's certainly great news for the club to hear that Karl wants to be a part of what we are building here at Hawthorn," Hawks list manager Mark McKenzie said in a club statement. 

“Karl complements our current list strategy and the direction we are taking as a club.”

An unrestricted free agent, the Power are unable to halt Amon's move to Hawthorn with a matched bid of their own, however will gain compensation from the switch.

Reports have suggested Amon could earn in the vicinity of $600,000 per year in his next deal, likely seeing the Power gain an enticing draft pick as compensation.

Amon played 124 games for Port Adelaide, making his AFL debut in 2015 before emerging as one of the competition's best wingmen.