PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09: Sam Mitchell of the Eagles looks on during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons at Domain Stadium on March 9, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

As part of‘s annual AFL Players’ Top 50, players were surveyed and asked to pick which recruit will have the biggest impact for their new club in 2017.

Players predicted some Hawthorn veterans on the move would have immediate impacts for their new clubs, as both Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis were rated inside the top three.

Despite losing two important players the Hawthorn did gain two young guns, with players believing Jaeger O’Meara will make his mark at the Hawks, as well as former Sydney midfielder Tom Mitchell.

Player Old club New club Votes
Sam Mitchell Hawthorn West Coast 17%
Jaeger O’Meara Gold Coast Hawthorn 14%
Jordan Lewis Hawthorn Melbourne 12%
Pearce Hanley Brisbane Gold Coast 10%
Tom Mitchell Sydney Hawthorn 7%
Dion Prestia Gold Coast Richmond 7%
Michael Hibberd Essendon Melbourne 5%


The Suns also feature prominently on the list, with O’Meara and Dion Prestia set to make big inroads away from the Gold Coast in 2017.

It’s not all bad for the Suns however, as Irishman Pearce Hanley is set to succeed according to his fellow peers.