On day three of the Telstra AFL Trade Period, Hawthorn big man Marc Pittonet is the subject of interest from Carlton, with the Blues wary that they may have to bolster their ruck depth.
Pittonet has been offered a new deal by the Hawks, though is yet to accept, with the Blues understood to be among a number of clubs monitoring his situation as the 202cm youngster weighs up his future.
A potential move for Pittonet could hinge on Andrew Phillips' situation, with the Blues ruckman searching for more long-term security after only being offered a one-year deal to remain at Ikon Park.
Phillips met with Essendon last week, with Carlton at risk of having limited options to support Matthew Kreuzer in the ruck department next season should he depart.
Developing youngster Tom De Koning and utility Levi Casboult – who himself is yet to confirm his future with the club – loom as the Blues' only other ruck options in the event Phillips finds a home elsewhere.
Pittonet, who is behind Ben McEvoy and Jon Ceglar in the pecking order at Hawthorn, has played just seven games in the past three seasons with the club. However, he has been offered a new deal to remain at the club.
"We're just waiting for him to come back to us, but it's a little bit unusual, I suppose, that he hasn't agreed right now," Hawks footy boss Graham Wright said on Monday.
"But he'd been away (overseas) and just got back last Thursday or Friday, so I'm sure we'll talk with his management in the next few days." – Riley Beveridge