Hawthorn midfielder and 2018 Brownlow Medalist Tom Mitchell is weighing up a trade offer that could see him join a third AFL club. Seven’s Mitch Cleary reports.
The 29-year-old has been reduced to a midfield role in 2022 as new Hawks boss Sam Mitchell looks to leave Waverley Park.
He hasn’t lost much of his form as he has been a season’s best and fairest winner, but with his third consecutive under-6 finish, the Hawks are trying to buy time from their younger midfielders such as Josh Ward and Jay Newcombe.
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Mitchell was traded from Sydney after the 2016 season, swapping selections at pick 14 and later, after finding it difficult to fit into the then-powerful Swans midfield.
The Hawks were willing to let go of Mitchell at the 2021 trade deadline as they looked for draft picks to speed up their rebuild, but it’s Mitchell who’s interested this time, and the club is happy to make the move.
seven Several teams have been made aware of Mitchell’s interest in a new home and Collingwood has been mentioned as a possible destination. Although the Magpies could be joined by players including Dan McStay, Bobby Hill and Billy Frampton.
“Despite having a year left on his contract, Tom Mitchell’s reduced role has led him to consider a move to a third club,” Seven’s Mitch Cleary said on Wednesday evening.
“Last year the Hawks led the way, this year they know Mitchell’s mindset and are happy to handle business.
“Collingwood are among the clubs that have been made aware of the situation and are monitoring Mitchell, but they have bigger business priorities. They are the second-worst centre-clearing team this year and Mitchell is linked with Craig McRae, Brendan Bolton and Graham Wright from his Hawks days.
“Mitchell used just 50 percent of the Hawks’ center throws, a big drop in average as they moved into Josh Ward, Jay Newcombe and James Worpel in the midfield, plus Giants interest Tanner Brown.”