LUKE Hodge has revealed he elected to wear No.2 at Brisbane next season as a tribute to his former Hawthorn teammate and good friend Jarryd Roughead.
The four-time premiership Hawk moved to the Lions at the end of last season, ending a glittering Hawthorn career that spanned 16 years and 305 games.
However, with his famous No.15 jumper already occupied by star Lions midfielder Dayne Zorko, the veteran was made to select a new number for the first time in his career.
With the No.2 locker vacant, Hodge had no second thoughts in adopting the number currently worn by his good mate at his previous club.
“I realised when I did get traded to Brisbane that getting No.15 might be a bit of a stretch, considering Zorks just got All-Australian and had won the last three best and fairests,” Hodge told SEN’s Time On.
“I looked through the numbers and they asked what number I’d like. No.2 was sitting there.
“I’ve done a fair bit of work with Rough over the last couple of years with his captaincy and I’ve got quite close with him. So it was a pretty clear decision what I wanted.
“They were pretty happy to give it to me.”
Hodge revealed he gave Roughead a bit of warning before taking the No.2 jumper, suggesting the two are even planning to swap jumpers when the two clubs meet.
“I gave him the heads up that we both might be wearing No.2,” Hodge said.
“He said he was keen for a jumper swap at some stage throughout the season when we play each other. So it should be good.”
Hawthorn will meet Brisbane at the Gabba in Round 9, before facing off again in Launceston in Round 17.
Hodge’s first game for the Lions will be against Collingwood at the MCG.