HAWTHORN insists it hasn't closed the door in the short term on high-priced recruit Ty Vickery, but elevated rookie Jack Fitzpatrick's VFL form was simply too good to ignore.
Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson said Vickery, who hasn't played a senior game since round three, was performing adequately for Box Hill, but Fitzpatrick deserved his chance.
Asked what Vickery needed to do to regain his spot, Clarkson said Friday: "He was really close to coming in this week, to be fair.
"He's kicked goals at VFL level and he has averaged three a week for the last three games. He has acquitted himself well.
"But on this occasion 'Fitzy' had put together six or seven great games of footy that meant we had to reward the better player of the bigger fellows in the last few weeks.
"Ty is playing well and he will get his chance at some point in time, I'm sure. It's not that he is doing anything particularly wrong, it's just that Fitzy deserves his chance on form."
The Hawks take on Brisbane - and Clarkson takes on his former right-hand man Chris Fagan - in Saturday's game in Launceston.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.