Jordan Lewis is not angry with Hawthorn, but his manager concedes there is a chance the four-time premiership star could still play for Melbourne next year.
Lewis, 30, was believed to be taken aback by a post-season conversation with Alastair Clarkson where the coach urged him to consider his playing future beyond next season – the last year of his current contract with the club.
However, after news of Sam Mitchell’s shock trade to West Coast emerged last week, the club moved to clarify that Lewis was a contracted and required player.
But his manager, Liam Pickering, had already made an approach to the Demons by then.
“There’s no issues … he’s not filthy, he’s not angry,” Pickering told SEN on Saturday.
“(He) is a professional, he’s the vice-captain of the club, finished second in the best-and-fairest last week, whatever happens will happen.
“He’s a Hawthorn player at the moment, so there’s a good chance that he’ll be a Hawthorn player because he’s contracted to Hawthorn.
“I need to keep working through it with Jordan and we’ll see where it goes.
“There’s no timeline.”
Hawthorn have been busy in this year’s AFL trade and free agency periods.
They have signed unrestricted free agent key forward Ty Vickery from Richmond, traded in Tom Mitchell from Sydney and shipped former skipper Sam Mitchell off to the Eagles.
They also engineered a swap of draft picks with St Kilda that left them with the Saints’ first-round pick this year – the 10th selection overall.
Gold Coast star Jaeger O’Meara remains a key trade target and Lewis may yet end up in Melbourne colours next season as the club seeks to clear salary cap space.
“We’ll wait and see how it all unfolds,” Pickering said.
“But I’m having good dialogue with Melbourne and also the Hawks.”