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Hawks AFL coach not going anywhere

By AAP Newswire

Four-time Hawthorn premiership coach Alastair Clarkson is pretty sure he'll never be in charge of another AFL club.

Clarkson, who has a contract until the end of next season, has been listed amongst the leading candidates for clubs in search of a new coach since he plotted the Hawks' 2008 grand final triumph.

He has overseen 319 games since taking over from Peter Schwab ahead of the 2005 season for 198 wins, two draws, 119 losses and premierships in 2008, 20013, 2014 and 2015.

While he understands speculation about his future, he's comfortable with his situation at Hawthorn.

"Right at this point in time - never say never - but I'd be pretty certain that my tenure at the Hawks will be the last one," Clarkson told Fox Footy's On The Couch.

"That might still go for some time I might add because I'm really excited by the next wave of players coming through for our footy club.

"I'm really excited by what we can do over the next few years."

Hawks president Jeff Kennett has previously said he will wait until the end of the season before discussing a contract extension.

After finishing 12th last year, Hawthorn are out of the top eight in 10th by percentage only after 15 rounds.

Several premiership players like Jarryd Roughead, Grant Birchall, Isaac Smith, Cyril Rioli and Shaun Burgoyne remain in Clarkson's charge.

He feels a sense of commitment to them as well as the likes of relatively new arrivals Tom Mitchell, Jaeger O'Meara and others.

"There's a sense of obligation for the Birchalls, the Burgoynes and these sort of guys ... they want to go again and they want to win it again," he said.

"I don't want to abandon the commitment that I've made to those guys that I'm the coach of, and I've signed a contract that would see us through for another couple of years.

"But there's also the commitment to the kids that you've drafted, kids that you've brought in from other clubs, that you've sold a dream of where you want to go and what you want to do to help them be the best that they can be.

"For as long as I'm enjoying it and as long as the players are responding to (it) then I want to keep doing it for as long as I can."