Hawthorn could enter next season without a single Tasmanian on its list for just the second time since striking up its affiliation with the state.
Four-time flag winner Grant Birchall and depth defender Tim Mohr are both yet to be offered contracts for next season after seasons hampered by injury, with the former a chance to find a new home during the next week.
Despite playing just eight games in the past three seasons due to a succession of knee, jaw and hamstring injuries, Birchall has attracted interest from a rising Brisbane side which lost another star ex-Hawk - Luke Hodge - to retirement a month ago.
Lions list manager David Noble confirmed on Tuesday that the 31-year-old was in the club's sights during free agency period and trade week.
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"That'll probably play out a bit later in the week," Noble told Trade Radio.
"We just need to assess whether another mature-age guy is what we need.
"If it is then obviously Grant will be one of interest, but we'll probably have those discussions with [Chris Fagan] and ourselves in the next couple of days.
"If Grant came in our door it's not a replacement for Luke Hodge - I think that would be a misguided avenue. If it was someone like Birch it would be for the running half-back."
The Hawks still hope to have Birchall on their list for 2020, but have kept the the ex-Devonport talent in limbo while they assess their options during trade period, which ends next Wednesday.
"We said we'd wait until we got through the trade period with 'Birch', and him and his management are aware of that," Hawks football boss Graham Wright said.
"We wanted to wait and see what it looks like, spots-wise and that sort of thing, but obviously Grant would love to play and we'd like to give him that opportunity but we'll just have to wait."
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"There's only on Hodge. It's not a replacement for Luke Hodge. If it was someone like 'Birch', it would be for the running half-back."— Telstra AFL Trade Radio (@traderadio) October 8, 2019
Brisbane's David Noble addresses the ongoing Grant Birchall talk.
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A foundation Giant, Mohr became a Hawk in the 2018 rookie draft and impressed with 17 touches in a pre-season clash with Brisbane.
But the 30-year-old's hopes of adding to his 48-game career were dashed just three weeks later when another serious knee injury in a VFL practice match ended his season.
Should he and Birchall depart in the coming weeks, the Hawks would be without a Tasmanian player for the first time since 2004, leaving Wright as the club's most prominent Apple Islander.
Several other Tasmanians have held senior off-field positions during the Hawks' ongoing deal with the state including Queenstown-born Fagan (general manager), Hobart-born Ian Robson (chief executive) and George Town-born Brendon Bolton (assistant/interim coach).
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