Goodwin left the door ajar for the Dees to play a stack of the key forwards in the same side.
“We’re really open-minded about the opportunity that may present for us. We were very tall in the VFL today and we functioned really well,” he said.
“There is potential to play an extra tall at some stage and have a look that. We’ll have to weigh that up.”
Goodwin said the Dees were “really hopeful” of May playing against the Tigers while Fritsch is a “possibility.”
Goodwin added that former skipper Nathan Jones was a guaranteed starter in what will be his 300th AFL game.
Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson pointed to a lack of experience in attack as an issue for the Hawks. Part of the reason for that dearth of seasoned players inside forward 50 is the retirement of Jonathon Patton on Friday. The former No. 1 draft pick called an end to his career as he struggles with the fallout from a series of lewd messages he sent to women.
Clarkson said he was comfortable with the manner in which the situation had been handled, adding that the Hawks would strongly consider filling Patton’s spot in the mid-season draft.
“It’s an enormously complex situation, and I think it’s been handled with real respect and dignity by all parties,” Clarkson said.
“I’m just pleased with his declaration that he wants to get on with his life, and also the acknowledgement that he’s made some mistakes in the past. He wants to move forward, that allows us now as a football club to actually use that spot on the list.”
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