Jono O’Rourke has picked the Hawks as his preferred destination.
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Hawthorn look on track to make a second major signing this AFL trade period, after Greater Western Sydney Giants midfielder Jono O’Rourke nominated the Hawks as his preferred destination.
The 20-year-old was also in discussions with St Kilda, but O’Rourke’s manager Tom Petroro told the Saints that his client would take up an offer to join the reigning premiers.
“Tom Petroro rang a short time ago to advise that St Kilda had run a close second in securing Jono’s services,” Saints list manager Ameet Bains said.
“While very impressed with the club and its future prospects, after a few days of deliberation he has opted to pursue another option.”
The Giants and Hawthorn now must work out a deal to release the youngster, who was recruited at pick no.2 of the 2012 national draft.
Hawthorn currently hold picks 19 and 39 in the 2014 draft.
O’Rourke only managed nine senior games in his two years at the Giants, as injury hampered his time at the expansion club.