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Patton might immediate Hawks’ AFL draft decide

Hawthorn might fill Jonathon Patton’s spot within the AFL mid-season draft after his resignation closed what coach Alastair Clarkson referred to as “an enormously advanced state of affairs”.

The previous No.1 draft decide abruptly ended his profession on Friday, apologising for inappropriate behaviour in the direction of ladies.

Patton was stood down by the Hawks in January when accused by at the very least 4 ladies of sending sexually specific images and movies of himself by way of social media.

He has additionally struggled with accidents and psychological well being points.

The Hawks introduced Patton’s retirement with an emailed assertion just a few hours after Clarkson’s Friday morning media convention.

“It has been an enormously advanced state of affairs and dealt with with actual respect and dignity by all events,” Clarkson mentioned after Sunday’s loss to Melbourne.

“I am simply happy together with his declaration that he needs to get on together with his life, but in addition the acknowledgement that he is made some errors.

Clarkson mentioned Patton was being thought-about as a key ahead for Sunday’s 50-point loss to the Demons earlier than his retirement resolution.

The Hawks will now think about their choices forward of the mid-season draft.

“We’ve got six or seven weeks earlier than that call must be made and it isn’t completely sure that we are going to fill it,” Clarkson mentioned..

“However I reckon that we would attempt to – and it will not be with a key ahead, both.

“We’ll discover all types of choices.”

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