Hawthorn is open to offers for premiership midfielder Brad Sewell, with the club exploring ways to create additional salary cap space and generate opportunities for its young onballers.
The Hawks have put Sewell's name forward as a cheap potential trade in recent weeks and put the feelers out again as the trade period opened on Monday, happy for the 29-year-old to stay at Waverley Park should no new home present.
Sewell, from Newlyn, is contracted for next season, has little interest in leaving the club that drafted him as a rookie in 2003, and is happy to back himself in again next year rather than play for a non-contending side.
The midfielder was briefly dropped from the Hawthorn side this year but worked his way back into form and played in 21 games for the season, including the last 10 in a row, and is unlikely to consider a move for less than a two-year contract.
He is due to leave for an overseas holiday this week, knowing the club is exploring his trade worth but intending to remain at Hawthorn, where he will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next year.
The Hawks have a handful of young midfielders they are hoping to give more game time to next year, including Jed Anderson and Mitch Hallahan, who was recruited as a long-term replacement for Sewell in 2010. A handful of clubs including Carlton have expressed interest in contracted midfielder Shane Savage.
The club would likely have to pay a percentage of Sewell's contract should it move him on.
- The Age