TYRONE Vickery’s frustrating first season at Hawthorn could be over and his new club is now believed to be open to trading the big man.
Vickery, 27, was on Monday slugged with a one-match VFL suspension for a striking incident during Box Hill’s qualifying final victory against Port Melbourne on Sunday.
It was Vickery’s first game back from a striking suspension, also received against Port Melbourne.
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AFL Victoria initially said Vickery copped a two-match ban, which would have ended Vickery’s season regardless of Box Hill’s result in the preliminary final.
But a spokesman later clarified that an administration error had incorrectly increased Vickery’s ban.
Box Hill is yet to notify AFL Victoria whether it would challenge at the tribunal after the strike was rated as intentional conduct, high contact and low impact.
Vickery crossed to Hawthorn as a free agent last October on a two-year deal believed to be worth about $500,000 per season.
Vickery managed just six AFL games this year, his fewest since the Tigers drafted him at No.8 back in 2008.
The Hawks have felt let down by Vickery both on and off the field this year and his rich contract adds another hurdle to the possibility of offloading him to a third club.
Given Vickery’s age and the previous chances he has wasted, a potential suitor appears unlikely.
Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson vented his frustration mid-season.
“He’s a forward and he’s kicked two goals in six games, so we need a better return,” Clarkson said.
“In the role that Ty has needed to play for us, in terms of providing a target and kicking goals, he’s been unable to do it to the level that he, or we, would like.
“(But) it’s not a case where he has to go back to Box Hill for six weeks before he demonstrates that he can play — he could be back in the side as soon as after the bye.”
Vickery was not selected by Clarkson again.
He has not kicked a goal in his past three VFL games and collected about six disposals on Sunday, with onlookers questioning his workrate.
The Tigers netted a second-round compensation selection for losing Vickery, which was used on small forward Shai Bolton.
Bolton’s exciting performance in the VFL on Saturday has him in calculations for a call-up for Friday night’s qualifying final blockbuster against Geelong at the MCG.
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