Hodge’s Roughy inspiration for new number
HAWK turned Lion Luke Hodge has revealed the reason why he chose the No.2 at Brisbane.
The four-time Hawthorn premiership captain said he was inspired by the current Hawks captain, his successor Jarryd Roughead.
Roughead took over the Hawthorn captaincy from Hodge on his return to football from cancer treatment last year.
Hodge realised there was no chance of getting the No.15 at the Lions and said it was an easy decision to join close mate Roughead.
"I realised that when I did get traded to Brisbane, 15 might be a bit of stretch to get because Zorks (Dayne Zorko) has just got All-Australian and has won the last three B&Fs," Hodge told SEN.
"I sort of looked through the numbers and two was sitting there. I've done a fair bit of work with Rough (Roughead) over the last few years with his captaincy and got quite close with him.
"I thought it was a pretty clear decision what I wanted and they were pretty happy to give it to me.
"I gave him the heads up that we both might be wearing number 2 and he was sort of keen for a jumper swap at some stage throughout the season when we play each other. That should be good."
Hodge backflipped on his decision to retire to move to Brisbane after getting a last-minute offer from former Hawks coach Chris Fagan to help develop the young Lions players.
Hodge and Roughead will get the chance to swap jumpers in Round 9 when the Lions host Hawthorn at the Gabba on May 20.
While Hodge may not take part, the Lions kick off their 2018 campaign with an AFLX exhibition against Richmond and GWS in Sydney.
The Lions will then face Sydney at Moreton Bay on March 3 and Gold Coast at Southport on March 11 in the JLT Community Series.