An unexpected candidate has emerged in the race to fill the void left by departing Hawthorn vice-captain Jordan Lewis, with spiritual leader Jack Fitzpatrick making an official approach to Alastair Clarkson to make his case for the coveted role.
“Obviously it will go down to a player vote, but I’m in the mix, yes,” Fitzpatrick confirmed to the media pack waiting outside his Port Melbourne home on Wednesday morning. “Clarko’s lost the plot, this is my chance.”
The unsolicited offer comes less than 24 hours after Jordan Lewis’ defection to Melbourne, with Fitzpatrick feeling he is ready to take his game to the next level and Hawthorn fans undoubtedly salivating at the thought of him and Tyrone Vickery working in tandem.
“We’ve lost eight premiership’s worth of AFL experience, it’s time for the next generation of Hawks to step up,” said the 25-gamer.