HAWTHORN sharpshooter Luke Breust wants to be a leader despite not yet having a contract beyond next season.
Breust, 26, said speculation about his future was just part of the current AFL landscape.
The crafty goalkicker admitted to initially being affected by it but remains optimistic about playing out his days in brown and gold.
“Absolutely … if you can remain at one club and have a successful career then that’s definitely something that interests me,” Breust said.
The Hawks arrived on the Sunshine Coast on Monday to start a nine-day training camp with a focus on fitness and team bonding.
“It’s a great environment just to train hard, recover well and get to know your teammates really well up here for the week or so (before Christmas).”
Breust put his hand up to help fill the leadership void left by former teammates Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis.
“That’s certainly the plan, if I can continue developing as a leader among the club but also I think it’s an opportunity for a number of players to step up,” Breust said.
“We don’t want it to be left to too few … there’s a whole section of players around my age that can continue to develop and evolve their leadership and hopefully we can take up the slack that they left.”
Both Mitchell and Lewis were key members of Hawthorn’s leadership group before their papers were stamped during a turbulent trade period.
“They were obviously two big personalities … so it’s good we were able to replace them with some quality, established, players from other clubs and then also get some fresh faces in with the national draft,” Breust said.
Hard-nosed Hawk Liam Shiels, lauded for his leadership qualities, could also be elevated to a position of responsibility.
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