Sydney trades Tom Mitchell and a late pick (TBC); Sydney receives picks 14 and 52
Hawthorn trades pick 14 and a late pick (TBC); Hawthorn receives Tom Mitchell and pick 57
In a team including Lance Franklin, Kurt Tippett, Isaac Heeney and Callum Mills, Tom Mitchell was the most talked about Swan, particularly as contract talks stalled towards the end of the year. After Sydney’s Best & Fairest awards night in which Mitchell finished 8th, Mitchell announced that he had requested a trade to Hawthorn on what is expected to be significantly more money. Mitchell should be happy, he’ll enter an ageing midfield in which he can establish himself as a key part of.
Although this trade is an in-principle trade at this stage with a swap of later picks to be determined next week, both clubs have made announcements about the deal. Hawthorn has welcomed Mitchell and already hinted at his role saying, “Tom has the flexibility to play multiple positions but we believe he’ll primarily play as an inside midfielder”, while Sydney released a statement saying, “We would like to thank Tom for his contribution to our football club and wish him well for the future.”
Club Trade Rating:
Sydney – we expect that the Swans have done well here. Although they didn’t want to lose Mitchell, they’ve gotten in a mid first-round draft pick and will be able to bring in another talented youngster with pick 14.
Rating: +1. – Pick 14 is slightly overs, so they’ve done well there, especially if the late pick swap is in their favour.
Hawthorn – they’ve got their man, Hawthorn will be rapt. They’re one of the big clubs that just gets trades done. They’ve given up what they had to, their first round pick and gotten the deal all-but-done nice and early to allow themselves to start working on the Jaeger O’Meara trade.
Rating: -1. – Paid slightly overs with pick 14, but didn’t have a great deal of choice as that’s where their first round pick fell. Should the late round pick swap work in Hawthorn’s favour, this trade may work out evenly in the end.
Sydney – Mitchell’s exit leaves a big hole in the midfield and plenty of fantasy points on the table. Callum Mills while brilliant in the backline this year is a natural midfielder and may get his opportunity in 2017. We’d expect an uptick in his output if that is the case. Luke Parker and Isaac Heeney may also spend more time in the midfield and less forward of centre than they did this year.
Hawthorn – They share the ball around really well at Hawthorn but we’d expect Tom Mitchell to come in and be on the bottom of nearly every pack. He’ll score well in 2017, as will Hawthorn’s outside midfielders. With clearance numbers expected to rise, Hawthorn’s defenders may see a decline in fantasy output.