MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks looks dejected after a loss during the 2018 AFL First Semi Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Melbourne Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 14, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The future of Hawthorn captain Jarryd Roughead remains in the balance, with the 31-year-old currently without a contract for 2019.

Following the Hawks’ loss to Melbourne and their second straight sets exit from the finals in three years, Roughead’s future is now a big talking point, although coach Alastair Clarkson addressed the media on the issue post-game.

“No, no, we’ve had the discussions and he’s playing at Hawthorn next year,” Clarkson said.

However, the four-time premiership coach has moved on players like Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis in the past, and Herald Sun journalist Sam Landsberger believes Roughead could be on his way out too.

“My understanding is at least two clubs are seriously thinking about taking a punt on Jarryd Roughead next year,” Landsberger told Fox Sports News’ AFL Tonight on Friday.

“We know the situation – Clarko’s had that frank conversation very early, unlike with Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis, we all know about it.

“Roughy has said openly he wants to play for another two or three years and we don’t expect he’ll get that opportunity at Hawthorn.

“It’s starting to look like it will play out that way.”

The skipper finished with 15 disposals, six tackles and two goals in his side’s 33-point loss to Melbourne on Friday.