Hawthorn could hardly be better placed for their tilt at a fourth consecutive AFL premiership.The Hawks are two games clear in top spot on the ladder, short-priced premiership favourites and their run to the finals isnt anywhere near as exacting as rivals.But defender Josh Gibson knows before a grand final comes the grind, noting past experience is helping the club guard against complacency.Gibson says Hawthorn arent contemplating the prospect of being the first team to win four straight flags since Collingwood in 1927-30.Instead their focus is on remaining in the top four, starting with Saturdays match against Carlton in Tasmania.From past experience we know if you look too far head, youll miss out, Gibson said on Tuesday.Were a pretty experienced group now and we understand whats required to make finals and give yourself a tilt at being successful in finals.The minute you look ahead youll stumble and you can drop out of that top four pretty quickly.Gibsons first season at Waverley Park was in 2010, when the Hawks finished seventh and lost in week one of finals.It was a lesson in the value of finishing inside the top four - likewise last year when they lost to West Coast in week one of the finals.There has been conjecture over whether that benefit has been diminished by a pre-finals bye this season but Gibson doesnt buy it.Weve seen in the past how important top four is. Last year we definitely needed it (the double chance), the 32-year-old said.It is tight and you cant afford to drop games ... youve seen teams go from second to seventh and vice versa this year.Weve got some pretty important games to play before finals.That run starts at the Hawks adopted home in Launceston, where they have won 40 of 51 games including a current 18-match winning streak.They will confront Blues coach Brendon Bolton, formerly an assistant at Hawthorn.He knows a little bit about Hawthorn but weve got to evolve and change every year. Were doing a lot different to when he was last here, Gibson said.You can see hes changed some things ... theyre playing some really good football.Meanwhile, Gibson downplayed ongoing contract talks with Hawthorn.Im not worried about that. Im sure theyre working on that in the background, he said.Clearance Hockey Jerseys Store . 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