Jaeger O'Meara (right) has requested a trade to Hawthorn.
Jaeger O'Meara (right) has requested a trade to Hawthorn. MARK DADSWELL

Suns star wants a move to Hawthorn

GOLD Coast Suns midfielder Jaeger O'Meara has said his preferred club of choice is Hawthorn.

The 22-year-old, who has not played a senior game for two seasons after rupturing his patella tendon in a 2015 NEAFL practice match, signalled his wish for a trade last month.

A number of Victorian clubs, including Essendon, Carlton and St Kilda had expressed an interest in the on-baller but O'Meara has confirmed he wants a trade to the Hawks.

Hawthorn recruiting and list manager Graham Wright said: "Jaeger has indicated he wants to be at Hawthorn in 2017 and we are keen to make this happen.

"We fully respect that Jaeger is a Gold Coast player and we will work closely with the Suns in the lead up to the trade period to ensure we can get an appropriate deal done.”

O'Meara is not a free agent, so the Suns are likely to want an experienced midfielder in return or high draft picks from Hawthorn.

Gold Coast reportedly offered O'Meara a two-year contract extension worth about $700,000 a season before he decided he wanted to leave.

wthorn players as part of the O'Meara trade, or seek to bring other clubs into the deal.

O'Meara came to the Suns via the Greater Western Sydney 17-year-old mini draft at the end of 2011.

The midfielder did not miss a game in his first two seasons, but did not play a game at any level last year.

He returned to play parts of three NEAFL matches in July before calling time on his season to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee.