SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Tom Mitchell of the Swans kicks the ball during the round seven AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Essendon Bombers at Sydney Cricket Ground on May 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Hawks target Crouch, Mitchell

Hawthorn will reportedly target midfield young guns Tom Mitchel and Brad Crouch in this year’s trade period.

Sydney’s Mitchell and Adelaide’s Crouch have been the subject of several rumours this season, with the out-of-contract pair looking increasingly likely to both look for new homes in the off-season.

The Herald Sun reports that Hawthorn has inquired about both players, with the Hawks believing they can acquire one or even both at season’s end to cover the retirements of the likes of Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis over the next few seasons.

Sydney and Mitchell, 23, have put contract discussions on hold until the end of the season, with the two parties unable to reach an agreement in negotiations.

He has played 57 career games with the Swans, including every game this year in his career best season. He is averaging 27.8 disposals per game, 10.7 kicks, 17.1 handballs and 6.2 tackles.

Meanwhile, Crouch, 22, has struggled to secure a regular place in Adelaide’s senior side, managing just 35 games over five seasons at the Crows.

Crouch is also said to be a trade target of North Melbourne, with former Port Adelaide star Kane Cornes reporting in June that he had met with both Hawthorn and the Kangaroos about a possible move this season.

Essendon is also said to be interested in the highly rated onballer.