HAWTHORN insists Ty Vickery will co-operate fully with Victoria Police following his arrest over an extortion investigation this week, but says the forward will still play for Box Hill this weekend.
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson would not go into specifics relating to Vickery's dramatic arrest on Wednesday. Vickery was released without charge, pending an ongoing investigation. His former Richmond teammate Jake King was also arrested and now faces multiple charges including making threats to kill and inflict serious injury.
Clarkson said Vickery wanted to keep things as normal as possible during the investigation.
"Outside of it being quite a serious matter involving police, (with) everything else he is trying to live his life as normal as he can and just co-operate with the police and what their requirements are," Clarkson said.
"He has done that outstandingly well over the last two days, everything else he has got to compartmentalise - footy here and deal with the stuff he has got to deal with outside of that.
"We have been really pleased with the manner in which he has co-operated and hopefully it will play itself out over the next couple of weeks."
Clarkson said Vickery, 28, was "okay" in a difficult time but had the support of those around him.
"He is okay, it has been a big week for him. He will get through this police investigation. We can't really comment too much on it - it's a little bit like the umpires, you are not meant to talk about that sort of stuff," he said.
"We can't comment on the specifics ... (But) he has got the support of his teammates and his footy club and his family. That is obviously all that is important at this point in time."
Injured Hawk Jaeger O'Meara flew out with the team on Friday morning and will be an interested onlooker at Saturday's game against GWS as he prepares to take on a three to four-week rehabilitation block.
"He is back training and we anticipate he is going to do a rehab block over the three or four weeks and get home himself back into the side," Clarkson said.
"We want him integrated into our group as much as he possibly can. He has come from another club and he is new to our place."
"We want him to learn as much as he can about our system."