Alastair Clarkson describes report of Tom Mitchell potentially leaving the club as “garbage.” He also said they would only take one midseason draft pick four days before they took two so take it with a grain of salt.
— Daniel Cherny 📰 (@DanielCherny) June 11, 2021
The Hawks are embarking on a rebuild and will be keen to build a strong draft hand by the time the 2021 National Draft rolls around. One way to do that is to trade away some top-end talent to contending teams and securing draft picks in return.
Mitchell has been linked with a move away in recent weeks with Richmond popping up as a possible destination for the Brownlow medallist.
The Hawks smashed Sydney on Friday night to the tune of 38 points. However, that result wasn't enough to take the attention away from the rumours surrounding Mitchell.
When asked about the possibility of trading Mitchell, Clarkson labelled the reports as "garbage" and "pure speculation."
"One per cent of it is true and the rest of it is garbage, so I'm taking the 99 per cent garbage."
“I think if you put him into a midfield like Carlton to support Cripps and Walsh, that’d be ideal,” Cornes said.
Would it be in the best interest of Hawthorn and Tom Mitchell to part ways?
— Footy on Nine (@FootyonNine) May 24, 2021
Mitchell is contracted until the end of 2023.