Hawthorn forward Luke Breust says he won’t be moving to Gold Coast as part of an AFL trade for Jaeger O’Meara.
Breust has been linked with a move to the Suns, who are demanding suitable compensation from the Hawks in return for the highly-rated youngster.
But the triple-premiership forward, who is contracted for next season, has no intention of heading north.
“Yeah, certainly (I’m staying),” Breust told reporters on Tuesday.
“I’ve enjoyed my time at Hawthorn … they’ve been very good to me in the past.
“I’ll be staying at Hawthorn next year.”
Breust will be 26 at the start of next season and fills Gold Coast’s need for more experienced players to help out their talented youngsters.
He was thought to be one of the six to eight players the Hawks presented to Gold Coast as possible recruits in initial trade discussions.
Breust admitted hearing his name attached to such speculation has been unsettling in the past.
“Probably early on it did rattle me a little bit, but it’s all part of the AFL industry these days,” he said.
“You just have to accept that and roll with the punches.
“That’s what I’ve been doing the last few weeks. I got away from it all and that’s been really good for me.”
O’Meara nominated the Hawks as his preferred destination after a frustrating run with injury that has sidelined him since round 23 of the 2014 season.
Hawthorn’s medical staff are one of the chief reasons behind his choice, but it remains to be seen how the Hawks will get the deal done, with their first pick in the draft not until No.14.
Hawthorn are also attempting to come up with an acceptable trade for Sydney onballer Tom Mitchell, who has similarly nominated the Hawks.
Billy Hartung and James Sicily have been linked to a possible trade, but the pair’s manager declared both would remain at Hawthorn next season.