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Luke Hodge could be set on the Suns in a sensational AFL backflip

Hawthorn legend, Luke Hodge, could sensationally back flip on his retirement plans and move to the Gold Coast in a player/coach role.

Hodge only retired from the AFL a fortnight ago, but SEN radio in Melbourne is reporting the 305 game veteran could move to the Suns.

Suns CEO and former Hawthorn Football manager, Mark Evans, reportedly contacted Hodge to gauge his interest in a role which would see him playing for the club before moving into a coaching role.


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Melbourne-based reporter Sam McClure, who also broke the news of Rodney Eade’s sacking, told SEN Breakfast Hodge is considering the move.

“It’s my understanding Mark Evans has made personal contact with Luke Hodge over a position, which may involve him coming out of retirement and playing for at least a season,” he said.

“It’s believed he is seriously considering it. He thought his days were over and he’s reconsidering what to do.

“People will deny this … he was also asked to be a part of the coaching selection panel (for the Suns), but the five man panel was confirmed over the weekend.”

While McClure readily admits people will deny his story, he insists his information is accurate.

Former AFL great, Gary Lyon told SEN Radio Hodge would be great fit for the Suns, who in his opinion appear to be rudderless in terms of strong on-field discipline.

“Mark Evans would know intimately what Luke Hodge brings to a football club, on and off the field, so it absolutely ticks boxes for me,” he said.

“You would have a better culture there within two months.”

On Friday, Gold Coast announced their selection panel to appoint their new coach, led by Evans, with Marcus Ashcroft, Neil Craig, Simon Garlick and Matti Clements forming the rest of the group.