HAWTHORN premiership player Trent Croad is on the move to Clunes.
Croad, who played 222 AFL matches with the Hawks and Fremantle, lodged a clearance to the Central Highlands Football League club this week.
The 2005 All-Australian signed with Keilor Park in the Essendon District league last season, but is expected to move his family to Clunes, where he is then hoped to take up a role with the Magpies.
Croad spent time in the Clunes coaching box during Saturday's loss to Creswick, and is believed to have been in talks with the club for some time.
The 32-year-old was taken at pick three in the 1997 national draft, and after playing 84 games with the Hawks, was traded to Fremantle at the end of 2001. He remained a Docker for two seasons, before returning to the Hawthorn to play out the remainder of his career.
Croad twice represented Victoria in a glittering career, which ended as a result of injury sustained in the Hawks' 2008 grand final triumph over Geelong.
His clearance status currently remains pending.