Tom Phillips says if he was going to be moved in this week's trade period, his preferred destination was always Hawthorn. 

Phillips was traded to the Hawks for pick 65 as the exchange period came to a close on Thursday night following five seasons as a Pie.

The 24-year-old told SEN’s Dwayne’s World there were a number of clubs who enquired about his services but he ultimately felt Hawthorn was the obvious choice.
 
"Hawthorn provided the best fit for me," the hard-running midfielder said.
 
"I was super keen and interested with Hawthorn, if that was an option that was going to come up depending on the circumstances with Collingwood and where that was going to lie.
 
"So, I think I've definitely landed at the right place and I'm pretty keen and energised to get going and see what the future holds." 

Phillips also explained that discussions about a potential trade first emerged during the season. 
 
“It’s something that was discussed during the year, more so towards the back end of the year after I got injured,” Phillips said on Friday.

“All conversations were maturely had and it can get a bit tense sometimes and a little bit emotional, but it’s the name of the game and I think both parties and everyone involved has got a positive out of it.

“In my case it’s all been really well handled and maturely with both parties."

Despite fellow outgoing pair Adam Treloar and Jaidyn Stephenson describing their "hurt" following their exits from Collingwood, Phillips says he was content with how his trade experience panned out.

While Collingwood's list management decisions over the trade period have earned intense scrutiny across the football community, Phillips said he completely understood the club's position.

“I think from my perspective, I’ve been very lucky and privileged to be part of one of the greatest clubs in Australia and I’ll still hold that perspective.

“You move different clubs and these things happen and this is the environment.

"The footy industry, this is the business and that’s what we all need to accept and there’s no issues with that, that’s how it goes."