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No rush on new deal – Hawkins

Tom Hawkins is out-of-contract at the end of 2020. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

TALKS on a new deal for out-of-contract Geelong forward Tom Hawkins are yet to get underway.

Hawkins, who turns 32 next month, said it’s not something he and manager Tom Petroro are pushing the Cats on.

“It’s not something that we’ve really been seeking out from the footy club,” the 259-game veteran said.

“There’s bigger issues in terms of just getting back playing and, currently, our own form. It’s not something we’ve touched on that much.

“Then outside of football, just the landscape of the world and everything like that, as well.

“I’m sure in due course – I know you hear that a lot – it will be taken care of at some point when we do have more clarity of what’s going to happen.”

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Like Geelong, Hawkins has made an inconsistent start to the resumption of the 2020 season.

He went goalless in the win over Hawthorn on June 14 and then kicked two in the loss to Carlton on the weekend.

“I haven’t played my greatest footy, to be completely fair,” he admitted. “It sort of mirrors, a little bit, the side in general.

“First week against Hawthorn, I found it hard to get into the game. It probably wasn’t a night that suited key forwards.

“And, to be fair, in the first couple of rounds, there’s been no key forward that’s dominated for the long period of a whole match.

“Like the team, I’m going to keep things simple, continue to work on my game, and I know that, eventually, the tide will turn and I’ll be able to play some good footy.”

Geelong will look to avoid starting a season 1-3 for the first time since 2015 when it heads to the MCG for the first time this year on Sunday for a meeting with Melbourne.

“We need to get back to the way that we play when we’re playing great footy,” Hawkins said. “We saw that in the last quarter (against Carlton).

“We played really daring football; we were on the front foot; we were attacking really well; we were up in the game as a team the way we defended.

“So, I think it’s more about taking that sort of approach against Melbourne on Sunday and then letting our game flow from there.”

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