Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has hit again at studies suggesting that Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell might be traded.
Clarkson’s Hawks facet could also be embarking on what seems to be to be a prolonged rebuild, however secured its greatest win of the season by defeating the highly-fancied Sydney Swans 14. 5. (89) to 7. 9. (51) on the SCG.
Following the win, Clarkson was requested about studies suggesting that Mitchell could be traded to a Victorian rival, and was dropped at laughter by the query.
“Truthfully, what do you assume my reply goes to be to that query?” he stated.
“It is simply pure hypothesis that comes up at the moment of the 12 months with most gamers, whether or not it is Zach Merrett, Patrick Cripps, Tom Mitchell.
“One per cent of it’s true and the remainder of it’s rubbish, so I am taking the 99 per cent rubbish.”
Mitchell has loved his greatest season since his Brownlow 12 months in 2018, averaging 33.5 disposals per sport, and picked up a game-high 34 touches in opposition to the Swans.
Nevertheless, he was not the one Hawk to catch each Clarkson and the followers’ consideration, with debutant Jai Newcombe breaking an AFL report after being picked up within the mid-season draft.
The 19-year-old laid an unbelievable 14 tackles, probably the most for a debutant in VFL/AFL historical past, surpassing the earlier better of 11 set by Jack Graham and Rupert Wills.
“It is so powerful to know as soon as they step as much as the senior stage whether or not they’re going to have the ability to deal with the rigours of the sport and the velocity of the sport,” Clarkson stated of Newcombe’s debut.
“He is been excellent at Field Hill within the first six video games of the 12 months that he performed there.
“He is simply such a grounded child and he is a rustic lad who simply loves his footy and loves his teammates and we simply thought he was prepared.
“We simply thought what do we’ve got to lose actually? Our first half of the 12 months was disappointing and we wanted to seek out some gamers.”
To make issues worse for the Swans, younger gun Sam Wicks might face a suspension after a late, head-high bump left Hawks teen Will Day dazed within the third quarter.
It was a lean day for the Swans with the high-powered ahead trio of Lance Franklin, Isaac Heeney and Tom Papley managing simply two objectives between them.
Hawthorn will goal to make it back-to-back wins when it faces Essendon in Spherical 14, whereas the Swans will take pleasure in a bye earlier than dealing with Port Adelaide in Adelaide in Spherical 15.