Hawks close on Tigers coach

17 October 2020 14:39:30 GMTPlus11

Hawthorn are closing in on Richmond assistant Craig McRae, who is expected to join the Hawks once the Tigers' finals campaign is over.

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson is looking to fill gaps on his coaching staff after losing Scott Burns and Adem Yze to Adelaide and Melbourne respectively, and McRae is high on his radar.

The 47-year-old's contract with Richmond expires at the end of the season, and he is then expected to make the switch to Hawthorn for the start of pre-season.

Richmond booked their place in the grand final with a six-point win over Port Adelaide on Friday night, and McRae's time with the Tigers will come to and end after the big dance.

"I am extremely grateful for my five years at Richmond, and in that time being part of changing the culture at VFL and AFL level," McRae said in a statement. 

"To the leave the club seeing so many young players develop into AFL premiership players makes me very proud.

"Winning the VFL premiership last year as coach will be something I will cherish for the rest of my life, and want to thank all the staff and players for their years of hard work."

As a player McRae figured in Brisbane's 2001-03 flag three-peat, and after moving into coaching he guided Richmond's VFL side to the 2019 premiership.

He was also named VFL Coach of the Year, and Clarkson looks to have pulled off a masterstroke by luring him to the Hawks.

The Tigers are 77/100 to win the grand final.

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