HAWTHORN veteran Shaun Burgoyne has admitted he is still mulling over whether to stay with the Hawks or head to the Gold Coast Suns.
It’s been reported the Suns have expressed interest in bringing the 36-year-old to the Gold Coast to wrap up his playing career before taking on a coaching role with the club.
Burgoyne has no contract with Hawthorn for the 2020 AFL season but it’s understood he has been told by the Hawks he can stay on if he wants.
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Speaking to Fox Footy’s AFL 360 on Thursday night, Burgoyne admitted he had not made a decision yet and had been speaking to a range of people for advice, including Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson and club football manager Graham Wright.
He also admitted to speaking with Suns coach Stuart Dew after Hawthorn’s big win over the Gold Coast in Round 22.
“Dewie came back to the pub after the game and we had a fair few beers,” Burgoyne told Fox Footy.
“We reminisced about the 2004 (Port Adelaide) flag.. we spoke about football and life and everything in between.
“I actually got on really well with Stewie as a mate when we played together so that’s very handy.
“First and foremost he’s a mate of mine before he’s a coach, so I connect on that level.”
Burgoyne, who will turn 37 in October, said he has a really tough decision to make about his future.
“Everyone thinks I’ve decided I’m going to leave but I definitely haven’t decided,” he said.
“Over the next two or three weeks me and my family will decide what’s the best thing for us and for the footy club.
“I still have a burning desire to compete, to win, to teach, to help mentor and everything that’s still within me I feel I have that to give.
“I feel like I can contribute on the field, which is the most important thing,” he said.
“If I feel like there’s drop-off in any way, I definitely won’t be saying ‘I want to go on’.”
“I’m weighing up a lot of things: Family — I’ve got a wife and I’ve got four kids, my eldest is 13 in high school — we’ve got our roots firmly cemented here in Melbourne, but we’ve also got to weigh up whether we want to leave and play somewhere else or stay here and what’s best for us and what’s best for Hawthorn and what’s best for everything in-between.
“There’s a lot to go in it, it’s not an easy decision to make by any means. It’s a very stressful decision, I must say.”