Gunston returns to Hawks attack

07 February 2018 23:01:03 GMTPlus11

Jack Gunston is set to make a return to Hawthorn's attack in the new season.

The two-time leading Hawks goalkicker spent most of 2016 playing across half-back after injuries to defensive regulars Josh Gibson, Ben Stratton and James Frawley.

But the 26-year-old's time in the backline looks to be over now that Stratton is fit and former forward James Sicily is looking comfortable in defence.

Gunston, who has kicked 290 goals in 149 games with the Hawks and Adelaide since his debut in 2010, has been training with the forwards this pre-season.

He said: "With all the numbers coming back into backline like James Frawley, Ben Stratton and Grant Birchall, then there's not much room down there."

Gunston added: "I've been doing a fair bit up forward which is a bit more natural to me, so I think I'll be giving forward a crack again this year. I've always loved playing up forward, kicking goals and the excitement factor up there and adapted myself to that role.

"In saying that, it was great to be able to go back this year and try something new and get a feel for what it is like back there."

Stratton is looking to re-establish himself in the Hawks backline after the retirement of Gibson and former skipper Luke Hodge's move to Brisbane.

He fell victim to a season-ending knee injury in round eight last year, but the three-time premiership Hawk has a had a seamless pre-season in preparation for his 10th year in the brown and gold.

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