Hawthorn will declare the picket spoon for the primary time in 56 years, in keeping with Fox Footy analyst David King.
The Hawks have missed the finals in three of the final 4 seasons beneath Alastair Clarkson, their worst run with the grasp coach since he took over after the 2004 season.
Final yr was the Hawks’ first bottom-four end (fifteenth) since Clarkson’s first yr on the membership – however King isn’t anticipating a bounce again in 2021.
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As a substitute, pointing to their already prolonged harm record which incorporates Chad Wingard (calf), Jack Gunston (again), Tom Mitchell (shoulder), James Sicily (ACL) and Jack Scrimshaw (knee) and a quiet commerce interval, King is anticipating them to go backwards.
Together with enchancment from the groups that completed beneath them final yr – Sydney, North Melbourne and Adelaide – he believes the Hawks will end final for the primary time since 1965.
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“I’m going to provide you my start line, the Kangaroos aren’t successful the picket spoon, and I feel the Crows are going to get considerably higher,” he mentioned on SEN’s Whateley.
“The Hawks have misplaced (Jack) Gunston for the majority of the pre-season interval. (James) Sicily is out for a good chunk of the season.
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“Have they acquired considerably higher with their recruits? I’m not seeing them spike as a lot as a few of the others round them.
“In the long run you’ve acquired to jot down a reputation down and I wrote down the Hawks.
“I feel it’s going to be a difficult season for them. We’ve mentioned that Alastair Clarkson is unconventional in the way in which he’s rebuilding this Hawthorn group.
“I must see it first earlier than I imagine it.”
Hawthorn is tied for the fourth-most picket spoons in VFL-AFL historical past with 11, however all however one got here between 1925 (their first VFL season) and 1953.
Having not received the picket spoon since 1965, the Hawks have the second-longest lively drought behind solely Geelong, who final received the spoon in 1958.
Port Adelaide is the one lively membership to have by no means completed final.
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