HAWTHORN wingman Bradley Hill hopes he can keep building his form as the business end of the season approaches.
The 23-year-old – already a three-time premiership player – has produced his best performances of 2016 over the past two weeks, having a big influence in a tight win against Sydney with 25 disposals and a goal, followed by a 31-disposal effort in a big win against Richmond on Sunday.
“I’ve had a bit of an up and down season,” Hill told hawthornfc.com.au
“Last week was good (against Sydney) and hopefully I can just keep on building, keep playing more consistent footy and keep building towards finals.
“It was a good win. The Tigers (have) normally had it over us over the past few years, but it was good to put a good win together.
“I think the first three quarters weren’t too great, and the last quarter we got going and we hit the scoreboard which was good.”
Hill has been the centre of attention over the past week, after a meeting with Fremantle coach Ross Lyon became public knowledge.
But rather than letting that become a distraction, the West Australian product says it’s been a weight off his shoulders.
"I haven't made any decisions on what I'm going to do," Hill told Channel Nine on Monday.
"I'm still just focusing on playing for Hawthorn, keep playing the best I can to help out the team. Whatever goes on after that we'll work out after the season's done.
"It probably took a little bit of weight off my shoulders (when the meeting became public)."
Open conversations with the club’s leaders, including coach Alastair Clarkson as well as Shaun Burgoyne, Cyril Rioli and the leadership group have made Hill feel comfortable.
"Clarko brought me in with the leaders, they spoke to me and they were very good about the way they said it to me, made me feel a bit more comfortable," Hill said.
"They're a great club and they helped me a lot.
"They've done a lot for me over the time, (now I want to) repay them with playing some good footy."
The damaging line-breaker is contracted to the Hawks in 2017, and says he’s yet to make a decision on his future as he puts all his effort into performing on the field this season.
"I'll make a decision. It might be next year or in a couple years but I've just got to keep on focusing on this season,” he said.
"I'm at Hawthorn now, I could still be here next year and years to come. Hopefully I can keep being consistent over the next five or six weeks or whatever there is left."