Hawthorn player Luke Hodge has announced his retirement.
Luke Hodge has announced his desire to continue playing AFL, this time under Chris Fagan at Brisbane – backflipping on retirement plans. After hearing that he had retired, very few would have imagined he would then change his mind and head north to Brisbane to continue playing.
After 305 games with the Hawks, SuperCoach defender had a respectable year for those that may have chosen him. Playing 19 games this season, Hodge averaged 23.2 disposals while collecting six marks a game.
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The deal didn’t involve too much, with the two clubs exchanging picks 43 and 44, while the Hawks also took home pick 75.
He adds experience to a young Lions’ side, which will mean he’s likely to attract opposition attention more than he may have when playing at Hawthorn during their successful era.
This season, Hodge only managed four triple-figure scores to go with seven scores above 80 points. His lowest score was 52, which he managed to cough up three times throughout the year, including in rounds 22 and 23.
2015 was the last year where Hodge finished the year with an average above 100 and it’ll be interesting to see if the 33-year-old can in fact put in another year or two of SuperCoach service.
After finishing at close to $430k, Hodge is likely to start at a similar price. It seems as though he will start 2018 at $400k, taking into account his club change and form fall-off. It’s not likely that too many coaches will look to recruit Hodge themselves unless of course the powers that be offer him up at a cheeky price.
If somehow, he opens at ~$350k – I for one, would be considering taking a risk.
What price would it take in order for you to consider selecting him? Let us know!