Player Name: Mitch Honeychurch
Current Club: Western Bulldogs
Potential Clubs: A number of clubs have been linked to Honeychurch. Richmond, perhaps, is where the strongest noise is coming from, while Adelaide was mentioned as a possible destination on Trade Radio. Melbourne and Carlton are two other clubs who have shown preliminary interest.
The Original Price: Honeychurch was taken with Pick 60 in the 2013 National Draft. At draft time, there were huge discrepancies regarding his draft value among different experts, with some thinking he was a top 30 pick, and others suggesting he’d be a rookie selection. Honeychurch hasn’t played enough to give us an indication of his value at the pick yet.
The Good: Honeychurch can win plenty of the ball and is well-balanced as an inside and outside midfielder. He is ferocious in contests, loving to tackle and extract the ball into spaces. What makes him well-liked as a future prospect is not only this ability to play multiple roles in the midfield, but also his clear ability in the forward line. While inaccurate, he averaged well over a score a game this season, after averaging over a goal a game over the 2014/15 seasons in the reserves. Glimpses of quality at senior level only furthers external opinion.
The Bad: Size is always a knock on smaller players, and while Honeychurch has shown his ability at VFL level, in the seniors, clubs may be hesitant to play him as a full-time midfielder. His disposal lets him down, and while it’s good that he can win the ball through the midfield, poor use limits his chances of being effective at senior level as an outside player. Through process of elimination, his best chance may be of being a small forward who can pinch hit through the midfield, which hurts his value.
What his club wants: The Bulldogs would want a second round pick for Honeychurch, as he is one of the club’s star players in the VFL and more senior opportunities may go his way over the next couple of seasons. His versatility will be seen as a positive from the Bulldogs’ perspective, although other clubs may be looking to bring him in as a forward.
What he’s worth: It’s not unreasonable to suggest Honeychurch is worth a second round pick, although the Bulldogs should expect him to be worth a late pick in that round. Honeychurch’s draft position needs to be taken out of this, as he has shown his ability over his three years at the Bulldogs. Uncertainty over his positional future is what decreases his value slightly.
What we’d pay: Pick 31-36
Possible Trade Scenarios:
- Richmond trades its 2017 second round pick to Western Bulldogs, Western Bulldogs send Mitch Honeychurch and its 2016 second round pick (pick 36) or Nathan Hrovat to Richmond.
- Melbourne trades Jay Kennedy-Harris to Essendon, Essendon trades its 2016 third round selection (Pick 37) to Western Bulldogs, Western Bulldogs sends Mitch Honeychurch to Melbourne.
The Verdict: Honeychurch needs a trade if he wants to play more senior football, given the players returning to the Bulldogs next season and the fact they are the reigning premiers. He could slot straight into the best 22 of a number of clubs, and work his way into the midfield through the forward line, however getting regular senior gametime needs to be his priority. The Bulldogs will be reasonable with any trades.
Star Rating: 3/5 – Honeychurch is only 21 years of age, and has a bright future ahead of him if he can live up to his potential. A trade suits both parties.