“Probably not at the moment – it’s not something that I am putting too much thought into,” Hawkins said on Thursday of his Coleman Medal prospects.
“I certainly think as players personal and individual accolades are something that you enjoy after your career … for the moment, I am set in my mind in helping the team.
“If that’s a result of helping the team play our best footy, that’s a result I can enjoy later on.”
He has been held goalless only twice – by Hawthorn and Collingwood – and one of his finest performances came when he booted six goals and had 10 marks against Port Adelaide.
“I feel like I keep saying it – I would love another premiership. I am happy to be seen as greedy and I have been fortunate enough to win two [2009 and ’11],” he said.
“To be involved in another one, in a year that we have had, would be really special. My mindset is to keep building and to be able to play well in finals and, ultimately, help our team have success.”
Hawkins, yet to confirm a contract extension but “comfortable” with where discussions sit, missed last year’s preliminary final through suspension and could only watch on as the Cats ceded a 21-point lead at half-time to the Tigers.
“I don’t think I have a point to prove but, certainly, the way as a footy club we exited was certainly disappointing. It was disappointing not to be out there personally,” he said.
“We draw on things from past circumstances but, generally, our motto as a club and as a playing group, we look forward, not back.”
Fresh off their stunning effort when they stormed back from a six-goal deficit against the Western Bulldogs, the Cats are eying a sixth-straight win, this time in their “country festival” clash against the Bombers. Zach Tuohy, recovering from two heavy hits to the ribs, is no certainty to line up for his 200th match, while skipper Joel Selwood (hamstring) will be assessed.
Hawkins said he was looking forward to having Gary Ablett back with the group once he completed a fortnight of quarantine, having returned to Brisbane.
The Cats are expected to win at least two of their final three matches but Hawkins knows this season has already been one of shock developments.
“There are clubs and players, and you can throw coaches in there, playing and coaching for their careers. Everyone is up for the challenge,” he said.
Jon Pierik is cricket writer for The Age. He also covers AFL and has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.