After some conjecture last year about whether he'd leave the Hawks, the time has arrived where star midfielder Tom Mitchell has reportedly signalled his intent to explore greener pastures.

The 2018 Brownlow Medallist has told the club his wishes, and Hawthorn is reportedly keen to cash in on the serial ball magnet and facilitate a possible trade.

Mitchell already has a stacked trophy cabinet - three Peter Crimmins Medals, one Leigh Matthews Trophy as well as two All-Australian blazers amongst other plaudits - however could add to it should he move to a premiership-contending force.

Season 2022 saw Mitchell slightly underperform on a fantastic 2021, undercutting his average output slightly as his side had their first campaign post-Alastair Clarkson.

In saying that, slightly underperforming for Tom Mitchell is still up there with the elite echelons of the competition, meaning that whoever he goes to in 2023 will still be gaining a true top-drawer midfielder.

At 29 years of age, one would suspect that he has half a decade at maximum until he makes the call to hang up his boots so ideally if he wishes to claim an elusive flag, Mitchell would be wise to request a trade to a team on the cusp of premiership contention.

Throw in the fact that he has rarely missed a game since his arrival at Waverley, and any potential suitors taking him on suddenly have a reliable asset who isn't afraid to get his hands dirty and win it out of the middle.

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The only stumbling block for clubs would be the contract status of the midfielder, with Mitchell not out of contract til the end of next season and requiring clubs to pitch a decent trade to Hawthorn in order to facilitate the move.

There wouldn't be a club in the land that would refuse Mitchell should he ask to ply his trade there, however, we have weaned it down to just five clubs who would be most suited to the dual All-Australian's presence.

4. Richmond

When rumours were swirling last year that Mitchell was set to be moved on from Hawthorn, Punt Road was one of the destinations that was thrown in the mix for the veteran.

That being said, up until the news that Tim Taranto is all but joining the club and teammate Jacob Hopper could follow, Richmond could have been leading the race for Mitchell.

Damien Hardwick's side, similar to his former understudy's in McRae, also aren't a fantastic stoppage clearance side - something that has proven detrimental on many occasions throughout 2022. Their major source of clearances and their best player this year - Dion Prestia - has been hit and miss with injury and his substitution in their elimination final loss to the Lions was arguably a reason why they lost.

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It is widely recognised now by the rest of the competition that should the Tigers secure both Taranto and Hopper, they would be going down the route of Geelong by constantly poaching established talent as opposed to investing in the draft in order to sustain their success - something that has worked to great effect for Chris Scott's side.

Mitchell would fit this philosophy, and while it might be a riskier investment considering his age relative to the Giants duo, he is an elite-level midfielder who can elevate any engine room he walks into.

As time wears on, it'll be interesting to see whether or not Hardwick and co. try to pull the trigger on bringing Mitchell to Punt Road.