Four-time premiership Hawk Shaun Burgoyne is close to a move to the Gold Coast Suns on a long-term deal, according to the Herald Sun.
The Herald Sun’s Jay Clark reports the Suns are proposing a three or four-year playing and coaching contract to Burgoyne to help the club develop its young talent.
The Suns believe the 36-year-old can play a role at the club similar to that of Luke Hodge’s position at the Brisbane Lions.
Burgoyne’s manager, Ben Williams, met with Gold Coast officials on Tuesday in order to continue negotiating a potential move.
Burgoyne is not yet decided on his future, as any move away from his long-term home at the Hawks would no doubt be emotional for the four-time premiership player and his family.
Hawthorn still want to retain the 376-game player next season.
However, the Gold Coast offer is reportedly more lucrative and offers a secure coaching role after Burgoyne hangs up the boots.
Burgoyne looms as one of Gold Coast’s most important targets and the former Port Adelaide player spent four days in Queensland last week according to the Herald Sun.
The Suns are also looking to target Richmond free agent Brandon Ellis with a long term offer at the end of the season.
Hawthorn also must make some big decisions on other premiership veterans this off-season, with Paul Puopolo and Grant Birchall still unsure of their future at the club.
It is reported by the Herald Sun that Puopolo is less likely to remain at the club while the injury-prone Birchall may remain with the Hawks in 2020.
Despite missing a lot of games through injury, Birchall’s polish off half-back is seen as key to the Hawks gameplan going forward.