Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell is exploring a trade away from Hawthorn, and 7NEWS can reveal AFL premiership contenders Collingwood are watching carefully.
The 29-year-old has a yr to run on his Hawks contract however his decreased function has left the midfielder assessing a move.
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The prospect of a trade comes one yr after Hawthorn led discuss of a move, when there have been no takers on the membership’s asking worth given he had two years left on his deal.
Now the Hawks are conscious of Mitchell’s considering and pleased to accommodate a trade – offered they’re properly compensated.
Collingwood are among the many golf equipment who’ve been made conscious of the situation and can monitor Mitchell’s subsequent move, although the Pies do have greater trade priorities.
He has a hyperlink to the Pies by means of senior coach Craig McRae, assistant Brendon Bolton and soccer boss Graham Wright from their days on the Hawks.
On uncooked numbers the Pies have been the second worst centre clearance staff this yr, and Mitchell was used at simply 50 per cent – down from 70 per cent in 2021 – by Hawthorn.
The Hawks wish to get minutes into Josh Ward, Jai Newcombe and James Worpel, whereas they’ve curiosity in buying and selling for GWS Giants teen Tanner Bruhn.
Collingwood are anticipated to be lively within the trade period with All-Australian ruckman Brodie Grundy doubtlessly on the move.
The 28-year-old is underneath contract till the top of 2027 however has been linked to Melbourne, broadly believed to lose younger gun Luke Jackson to Fremantle, and Geelong.
The Pies are within the combine for Giants ahead Bobby Hill, with the concentrate on that deal prone to see his GWS teammate Tim Taranto be a part of Richmond.