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.

3. North Melbourne

A reunion with his former coach might be on the cards for Mitchell, breaking into a midfield brigade that has budding talents in its midst.

Aside from Hugh Greenwood and the returning Ben Cunnington however, there isn't a whole heap of experience to be found within the midfield. Furthermore, the Roos were bested on many occasions in terms of contested footy, ranking 16th in the competition for contested possessions per game and emphasising their need for a serial ball winner.

Enter the dual All-Australian, who is ranked eighth across the entire league for contested possessions per game. Should he choose to play out the rest of his career at Arden Street, then he could very well help Clarkson transform the midfield into a genuine force.

On top of this, the tutelage he would provide for the likes of Luke Davies-Uniacke, Jason Horne-Francis, Jy Simpkin and Tarryn Thomas - should he stay - would be invaluable for their development.

Factoring in the massive amount of salary cap space that the club has, and the Roos tabling a significant offer for the star may not be outlandish by any stretch of the imagination.