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Hawthorn unlikely to chase ‘big fish’ free agents

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Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says the club is unlikely to be a major player with “big fish” free agents in the near future.

He said he’d be reluctant to throw more than $1.2 million a season at one player, no matter how good they were.

The Hawthorn coach spoke with 3AW in the lead up to his 300th match at the helm of the Hawks.

He was asked whether it was more important than ever to sign top-end talent, given the closeness of the competition.

“We’re probably unlikely to go and grab the big fish that’s worth the $1.2 or $1.5 million a year because we think that should be shared around a greater depth of the playing list,” Clarkson said.

“That’s the philosophy and rationale that we’ve got at our club but it’s not shared by every club in the competition.”

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