Hawthorn will hold a pre-season training camp in Launceston for the first time since striking up a deal with Tasmania.
Regular visitors for community camps, the Hawks have added three training sessions to this summer's trip as a change of scenery for the playing group.
With UTAS Stadium out of action, the Hawks will train at Windsor Park and Launceston Aquatic Centre with three community engagement events locked in between Sunday and Tuesday.
Hawthorn physical performance manager Luke Boyd said the group was looking forward to arriving in Launceston ahead of their 19th season playing home games in Tasmania.
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"We've never been down there for a camp but we spend a lot of time down there and it's a home away from home for us," Boyd said.
"The whole purpose of having a camp down there at this time of year is to break up pre-season a little bit - pre-season becomes quite long and if you think about the pre-Christmas period we train for five or six weeks.
"The boys are reasonably comfortable with the environment in Melbourne and they're not quite sick of it yet, but you add another four weeks in January and you've been training at the same place for 10 weeks and things start to get a bit repetitive.
"For us to be able to train in an environment that's somewhere we're comfortable with, with good facilities and training grounds that're not too far away, it's a good opportunity for us to go down there."
Ninth-placed finishers in 2019, the Hawks went 3-1 from their four Launceston matches last season.
Boyd is playing an important role in helping the Hawks return to finals in 2020 by managing high-profile pair Tom Mitchell and Jon Patton in their returns from long-term injuries.
Both appear on track to be match-fit for round one, however, neither will be rushed into a return.
"Both of those boys are in full training now which is good," Boyd said.
"Those two in particular before Christmas were non-contact based and this is the first time we've worked with Jon Patton so we wanted to get a bit of a feel for him before we threw him into full-contact match-play type training.
"We had the opportunity before Christmas to have six weeks getting to know him and working him into our program.
"Tommy is similar, he built up towards full-contact at Christmas and as soon as we returned on the 13th he's been in all of our training drills."
HAWKS IN TOWN
- Sunday, Feb 2, 4.30pm-6pm. LAUNCESTON. Junior Football Clinic at Windsor Park with Launceston Football Club and AFL Tasmania.
- Tuesday, Feb 4, 12pm-1.30pm. PENGUIN. Junior Football Clinic at Dial Park with AFL Tasmania.
- Tuesday, Feb 4, 1pm-3pm. LAUNCESTON. Family Fun Day at Riverbend Park. Includes player signing tent, kick-to-kick and free BBQ.
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