Luke Hodge has informed the Hawthorn Football Club of his desire to play for the Brisbane Lions in 2018.

The club will work with the Lions to ensure Hodge’s request is fulfilled.

Senior Coach Alastair Clarkson said the Hawks supported Luke and his family in their decision. 

“Luke has been an incredible servant of Hawthorn Football Club and we will support him and his family in the next step of their journey,” said Clarkson.

“We respect Luke’s decision to take up this new opportunity presented by the Lions and understand the personal development opportunities it provides.

“Luke, Lauren, Cooper, Chase and Leo will always be welcome at Hawthorn and remain an integral part of our family.

“We look forward to celebrating Luke’s decorated career in the brown and gold at the Peter Crimmins Medal on Saturday night.”