BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01: Marc Pittonet of the Hawks and Noah Answerth of the Lions compete for the ball during the round 11 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Hawthorn Hawks at The Gabba on June 01, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Hawthorn ruckman Marc Pittonet looks set to join the Blues next season, and will serve as Matthew Kreuzer’s back up, according to The Age.

Following on from Jon Ceglar’s three-year extension at Hawthorn, Pittonet knocked back an offer from the Hawks, in search of better opportunity.

The 23-year-old should join the Blues as a replacement for Andrew Phillips, who is linked with a move to Essendon.

Phillips was also offered a deal by the Blues, but like Pittonet, would like a longer deal with more opportunity.

The ruckman has played seven games across five seasons with the Hawks.