Burgoyne backs Bolton, Hawks will be ok

Hawthorn midfielder Shaun Burgoyne doesn’t believe the departure of Brendon Bolton for Carlton will harm the Hawks’ premiership chances.

On Tuesday, the Blues announced Bolton as their long-term replacement for Mick Malthouse, with the assistant coach to leave Alastair Clarkson’s staff before Hawthorn’s clash against Brisbane on Saturday.

Burgoyne said Bolton was a great appointment and would leave with the Hawks’ blessing. “It’s pretty exciting, to be honest, knowing that he’s the fifth (assistant) coach in Clarko’s time to go on and coach another team,” Burgoyne said.

“It says the environment we’ve created as a club, the culture, is one other clubs want to replicate.

“He brings something different to the table, as all coaches do but I think we showed last year when Clarko stepped away we were able to cover (for him) even though he was the senior coach.

“Throughout the year we’ve had development coaches and other different coaches take different meetings.”

Bolton guided the Hawks to five wins from five matches while Clarkson recuperated from a bout of Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Development coach Damian Carroll will assume Bolton’s duties for the remaining two games of the home-and-away season and the finals series.

The Hawks face the Lions and Carlton to round out the regular season and will do so without Luke Hodge after he accepted a two-game ban for his high hit on Port Adelaide’s Chad Wingard.

It was the skipper’s second suspension of the season but Burgoyne doesn’t believe Hodge needs to modify his approach to the game.

“That’s how we want to play our footy – we want to play close to the line but not overstep it,” he said.

“Obviously he’s got to take the two weeks now and we get to freshen him up a bit, which is good. You never want anyone suspended, especially your captain but he’s going to take those two weeks and freshen up a bit then we’ll get him back.

“Hopefully that will be a positive for the team.”

Burgoyne described his side’s shock loss to the Power as the kick in the backside the Hawks needed as they attempt to win their third flag in succession.

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