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hawthornfc.com.au  October 9, 2017 10:28 AM

Wright on Trade Week and Combine Graham Wright spoke to HawksTV about the Draft Combine and NAB AFL Trade Week.

The Hawks are set to meet with Port Adelaide today to discuss a trade for speedster Jarman Impey.

It has been reported that the 22-year-old has nominated Hawthorn as his club of choice, after receiving interest from both the Hawks and Bulldogs.

Hawthorn List and Recruiting Manager Graham Wright said the club will meet with Power officials today to commence negotiations.

“We haven’t spoken to Port Adelaide at this stage, but we’ll catch up with them today and see where it goes,” said Wright.

Impey, who has a year remaining on his current contract, played 20 games in 2017, averaging 12 disposals and three tackles. He was particularly impressive against the Hawks in Round 11, booting 2.4 and taking a spectacular grab to earn a Mark of the Year nomination. 

The versatile forward has notched up 75 games in the black, white and teal since being drafted to Alberton with Pick 21 in the 2013 draft.

“He’s got genuine speed,” said Wright. 

“He’s obviously been an important player for [Port Adelaide] over the last few years.

“He can play at both ends of the ground, and we think he could possibly go through the midfield as well.”

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Aside from efforts to secure the Port Adelaide utility, Wright doesn’t expect Hawthorn to be significant players in this year’s trade period.

The club off-loaded its future first round pick to secure Jaeger O’Meara during last year’s exchange, and its first selection in the 2017 National Draft currently sits at pick 32. 

“Getting [Jarman] in the door is a priority at this stage,” confirmed Wright.

“But outside of that I wouldn’t have thought we’d be a big player.”