18th March 2017, 08:07 PM
Callum Mills signs on for 5 more years.
I am sure that the Swans would have loved to have kept Mitchell but there was just not the salary cap room to keep him given other offers. Apparently his Swans offer was not much greater than what his former house mate, Harry Cunningham, is on and I'm confident that most of us know who is the far better player. The word is that he was offered a small fortune to go to the Gold Coast but opted for the Hawks lower but substantially better than the Swans offer. He is a good player who will be missed and will be an asset to the Hawks. We just need to hope that others can fill the ball winning gap that was created with his exit.
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19th March 2017, 07:15 PM
I don't think any of us can blame Mitchell for leaving, though I'm not sure Annie appreciated him lying to her at the Presentation Dinner which IMO was pretty gutless.
Originally Posted by Aprilbr
We just had to make a call about which three players we'd like to keep out of Mills, Heeney, Jones and Mitchell. And I think we chose correctly.
19th March 2017, 07:38 PM
It will interesting to see Tom Mitchell's season at the Hawks. In Sydney the opposition thought about Kennedy, Parker, Hannas, K.Jack and probably Heeney before they worried about Mitchell. He could kind of fly under the radar.
Originally Posted by Mug Punter
Now the Hawks have lost Sam Mitchell, Lewis, Hodge is missing training, Burgoyne is an older player and Jaeger's output is an unknown. He could very well be in the top two midfielder tagged by the opposition. A lot will be expected of him.
I was really excited by Jones who is a far better athlete than Mitchell, a better kick, better evasive skills and probably harder at the contest.
19th March 2017, 07:57 PM
I'd agree there, think Mitchell will be a good pickup for the Hawks, I don't think they even know how they will go. If Roughy tears it up I'll have mixed emotions, will be so happy for him personally but it will also give them a fighting chance of being there in September. Can't he just have a good return to health but never quite be the same football-wise....
Originally Posted by Joel Ridge
I really can see Jones becoming elite soon, quite possibly this year. I think we will keep him but I'm not as confident as some on here because I think there will be some serious coin turning his head, I'd rate him 75/25 as staying/leaving. Sooner we get this bit of business done the better IMO.
Unlike with Mitchell I think we will be really going hard at Jones and will get pretty close with an offer to what he can get elsewhere. Clearly his football is going very well here but they do have very short careers and I don't begrudge them all they can. Provided we can get close, and I reckon in the current market and his form he'd be able to ask for $2.5m over four seasons he should take it and then look at really cashing in as a RFA in four years if his stocks go sky high. I know that money may seem crazy for a guy with 31 games on the clock but I think he can be that good....
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