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Tom Mitchell

Age: 29yr 7mth    Games: 171     Born: May 31, 1993     Origin: Claremont
Height: 182cm     Weight: 83kg     Position: Midfield
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #21 2011 National Draft by Sydney Swans
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Tom Mitchell Biography

Thursday, 10 November 2022
Tom Mitchell says he is ready to get down to business after being traded to Collingwood following six seasons at Hawthorn.

"I think my trade went through with three minutes to go and you need the paperwork to happen and things like that. But once it went through it was a massive feeling of elation; I haven't felt that feeling of excitement about something for a long time. I was with two of my good mates at the time and we all jumped up and were pretty pumped," Mitchell said.

Wednesday, 12 October 2022
Tom Mitchell will be a Collingwood player in 2023, Oliver Henry will join brother Jack at Geelong, and Cooper Stephens has joined the Hawks from the Cats in a three-way deal finalised in the dying minutes of the 2022 AFL Trade Period.

The Magpies have also received pick No.25 from Geelong in the exchange, with Hawthorn landing picks No.41 and 50 from Collingwood in the deal.

Thursday, 16 September 2021
Tom Mitchell makes it a three-peat of Peter Crimmins Medals, capping a prolific 2021 season with his third Hawks best and fairest award.

Mitchell added to his collection of 2017 and 2018 victories following a season in which he averaged 34.3 disposals per game, comfortably claiming the honour ahead of reliable defender Blake Hardwick and star midfielder Jaeger O'Meara.

Friday, 29 January 2021
Ben McEvoy is the Hawks' surprise choice as captain for the 2021 season with Jaeger O'Meara to serve as vice-captain.

James Worpel is a new addition to the new-look leadership group and joins existing members Liam Shiels, Jack Gunston and Tom Mitchell.

"To be voted in by my teammates and receive the support of the club is an honour," McEvoy said.

"This club has given me a lot over the years, and I see this as an amazing opportunity to give back and play my role in ensuring we continue to make the Hawthorn family proud."

Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Jack Gunston wins his first Peter Crimmins Medal as Hawthorn's club champion after a consistent 2020 season.

The 28-year-old was crowned night in a virtual awards ceremony, polling in every game and 102 votes overall to edge out Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell (96) and Chad Wingard (73).

"To earn both an All-Australian nomination and third place in the Coleman Medal, in what was a disappointing season for our club, is testament to the character and talent of Jack," Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said.

"He tackled the challenges of this season with a great attitude and he stepped up for us on countless occasions throughout the season and was the side's most consistent performer."

Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Tim Mitchell is sharpening his scouting skills while in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, throwing himself into an online AFL recruiting course this month.

The advanced certificate in identifying and developing young AFL talent is run by Sydney's recruiting manager Simon Dalrymple.

Friday, 21 February 2020
Tom Mitchell gets through his first serious AFL hitout in more than 500 days unscathed.

Mitchell returned in a 21-point Marsh Community Series defeat to St Kilda after missing the entire 2019 season with a broken leg, racking up a team-high 21 disposals to three-quarter time before sitting out the final term on the bench.

"I was a little bit rusty with my hands and things like that, but the body's fine and pulled up really well," Mitchell said post-match.

"I hit a few bodies and pulled up fine from a few big collisions and got through the game unscathed, that's the main thing."

Thursday, 6 February 2020
Ben Stratton will captain the Hawthorn Football Club for a second-straight season in 2020, with six other players making up the rest of the leadership group.

Tom Mitchell and Jaeger O'Meara have been named co-vice captains, with Mitchell joining the leadership group for the first time.

Jack Gunston was the sole vice-captain last year, but has chosen to relinquish his title. Gunston has remained in the leadership group however, with Isaac Smith, Liam Shiels, Ben McEvoy rounding out the group.

"It's been a big 12 months of development, both for us as leaders and for the wider playing group," Stratton said.

"I'm confident the experience and lessons learned will only strengthen my leadership going forward, and I'm excited to see what 2020 brings."

Friday, 31 January 2020
Tom Mitchell on track to return for the Hawks' season opener for 2020 after missing the entire 2019 season with a broken leg.

"The plan at this point is that he'll be ready to play some time in the pre-season games and be ready for round one," Hawthorn assistant coach Sam Mitchell said.

"He's in good spirits. He's started to do some match play stuff, but he still dons the blue (non-contact) hat to make sure that no one cannons into him too much. He's started to be the normal Tommy that we're used to."

Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Tom Mitchell says he is continuing his recovery from a broken leg, sustained 12 months ago, with caution.

"I'm running, kicking and changing direction, so everything I'm going to need to be able to do to play, I've started doing it, just at a lower level (of intensity)," Mitchell said.

"I've got to be a little bit realistic and train smarter rather than harder. I have to pick sessions to train with some intensity and then know when to bring it down so my body can adjust to the training loads.

"I would definitely like to get back to the standard I was playing at, but I'm not sure how long that's going to take coming off a big injury."

Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Tom Mitchell faces a delayed start to pre-season this summer as he continues his long road to recovery from a broken leg, but remains optimistic he will take his place in the Hawks' round one team in 2020.

"I've started some running and things like that, so I'm looking forward to next season," he said.

"There might be a slight delay (to pre-season), but I'm still hoping to play early next year. I hope I'm right for round one. That's the plan."

Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Tom Mitchell signs a contract extension to remain with Hawthorn until the end of 2023.

"We're really pleased to have Tom re-commit to the club for the long-term," Hawthorn footy boss Graham Wright said.

"He's such a valuable player for us and we see him playing an important role for a long time to come.

"His work around the stoppages and his ability to accumulate high disposal numbers is second to none."

Sunday, 9 June 2019
Hawthorn assistant coach Sam Mitchell has ruled out says he isn't ready for a senior coaching role just yet despite vacancies at Carlton and North Melbourne.

"At some point, I'd love to sit in front of a CEO or a president and say 'I'm your man'," Mitchell said.

"I couldn't say absolutely I'm the right man for a head coaching job at the moment. Eventually, I'd like to get to that point but there's a lot of learning to happen."

Wednesday, 30 January 2019
Tom Mitchell returns to the training track for the first time since breaking his leg earlier in January.

"It's still quite early, the incident was only two and a half weeks ago now. (I'm) still waiting for swelling to get out of my leg and just doing little things like walking, putting weight through my leg again," Mitchell said.

Saturday, 12 January 2019
Tom Mitchell stays positive as he recovers from surgery to his broken leg.

Mitchell posted a series of photos on his Instagram account, with the main picture showing him in a hospital bed following the operation that was needed to repair the broken tibia and fibula bones in his left leg.

"I am overwhelmed by the amount of visitors and kind messages I have received. I am grateful for all of the support I have around me. My partner, my family and friends, my teammates, the medical team, the football club and our supporters," Mitchell wrote.

"The highs and lows can change in a second but I am up for another challenge and will be back out there in no time."

Friday, 11 January 2019
Tom Mitchell is rushed to hospital where X-rays confirm clean breaks in his tibia and fibula sustained during training.

"For Tom to suffer an injury like this is incredibly disappointing for both him and our footy club," Hawthorn football manager Graham Wright said.

"He will undergo surgery over the weekend and as a result will most likely miss the 2019 season."

Saturday, 6 October 2018
Tom Mitchell caps his Brownlow Medal-winning 2018 season with a second straight Peter Crimmins Medal as Hawthorn's club champion.

Mitchell polled 163 votes to finish well ahead of runner-up Blake Hardwick (127) and Isaac Smith (125)

"To receive an award that's voted on by your coaches not only on the way you perform, but the values we hold as a club is pretty special," Mitchell said.

"I think just to receive the Peter Crimmins award, with obviously such a great heritage and history that the Crimmins family has at our club, is a great feeling."

Monday, 24 September 2018
Tom Mitchell wins the 2018 Brownlow Medal with 28 votes ahead of Steele Sidebottom (24 votes) and Angus Brayshaw (21 votes).

"I remember watching these events as a young kid and seeing some of my favourite players I idolised Gary Ablett and Sam Mitchell and they were two players that received this medal. It's a surreal feeling to be in the same position," Mitchell said.

Thursday, 20 September 2018
Tom Mitchell will require surgery which will sideline him for up to 3 months after rupturing his AC joint in Hawthorn's semi-final loss to Melbourne.

Mitchell suffered the injury late in the opening quarter after Dees defender Neville Jetta applied a bruising bump which left the Hawk grounded and in pain.

Thursday, 30 August 2018
om Mitchell has capped off a remarkable 2018 by winning his first AFL Players' Association Most Valuable Player award.

Mitchell tallied 773 votes, ahead of Carlton onballer Patrick Cripps (529) and Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn (412).

Mitchell averaged 35.7 disposals per game this year and set a record for the most in a single match with 54 against Collingwood in round one.

That wasn't the only time he hit the half-century, accumulating 50 against Greater Western Sydney in round 15.

In half of his matches, he notched up at least 40 disposals.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018
Tom Mitchell's haul of 136 disposals in the first three rounds of the 2018 season is a new AFL record.

Mitchell also ranks No.1 in the competition so far in 2018 in kicks, handballs, contested possessions, effective disposals, inside 50s, clearances and centre clearances.

Mitchell said his emergence as the figurehead of the Hawks' onball division had coincided with him flourishing as a leader and greater vocal presence.

"It's a natural progression as you get more experience and stay in the system longer," he said of his evolution as a player and person.

"You feel more comfortable and then you can use your voice more and improve your leadership, so it's probably something that's naturally improving for myself."

Saturday, 7 October 2017
Tom Mitchell joins his father as a club best and fairest winner, claiming the Peter Crimmins Medal as reward for his brilliant first season at Hawthorn in 2017.

The former Swan proved one of the AFL's best recruits in an astonishing 2017 campaign, where he broke the all-time record for possessions (787) in the home and away season.

Mitchell was an All Australian for the first time this year and finished second behind record-setting Tiger Dustin Martin in the Brownlow Medal.

The 24-year-old polled 192 votes to easily capture Hawthorn's highest individual honour, ahead of ruckman Ben McEvoy (138) and the departing Luke Hodge (131).

"It's a special feeling, obviously to see some of the past winners that have won the Peter Crimmins Medal," Mitchell said.

"Now I'm comfortable around the club and understand the surroundings and how the culture works, (being in the leadership group is) something I'd like to strive towards."

Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Tom Mitchell says he has no regrets with moving to Hawthorn from Sydney despite the Hawks struggling in 2017.

"I am definitely enjoying it. It's a great club to be a part of and a great culture and I think I'm very fortunate to be in the position I'm in," Mitchell said.

"I can understand why there'd be some conjecture about that just with the results.

"But I'm sure that with Clarko leading the way and guys like Hodgey (Luke Hodge) and Roughey (Jarryd Roughead) and the great leaders we have, that we're on the right track."

Friday, 26 May 2017
Tom Mitchell remembers straining to hear his Sydney teammates over the crowd's roar on AFL Grand Final day last year then the great hurt that followed in defeat.

"I've never played in front of a crowd that big, in an atmosphere like that I've never experienced anything like it," Mitchell said.

"It was very hard to hear anything out there, so it was a good experience in that regard, but obviously, at the same time, it was disappointing.

"I would have loved to be part of a premiership team and, going forward, that's a major goal whenever that might be. That's what I'd love to do in my career."

Mitchell will meet his former teammates as a Hawk when Hawthorn takes on the Swans this week.

"I've never been in this situation before, but there's been a few text messages floating around already, just having a bit of a joke," Mitchell said of his SCG return.

"I'm still good mates with a lot of the boys, so I'll shake hands and catch up with them after."

Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Tom Mitchell brushes off his 50 disposals against Collingwood as insignificant because Hawthorn failed to win.

The competition's No.1 ball-winner amassed an AFL career-best 50 disposals, including 22 contested, to become one of just seven players in League history to reach the milestone.

Mitchell's feat, which came in a game the Hawks lost from 43 points up, sparked huge debate among coaches, commentators and social media about how effective he was.

"It obviously doesn't mean a lot," Michell said.

"I don't read too much into the media or things like that, so I'm not too sure if there has been a lot of talk about it.

"I try and value the things my teammates and coaches want me to do and try to perform my role to the best of my abilities."

Sunday, 21 May 2017
Tom Mitchell becomes only the seventh player to tally 50 disposals in a game, achieving this rare feat in Hawthorn's 18-point loss to Collingwood.

Mitchell has already had more possessions (273) through eight rounds in 2017 than anyone since the competition became the AFL in 1990.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley chose not to tag Mitchell, even after his count reached 14 by the first break.

"He just finds a way and keeps getting to the pill, (but) if I said he wasn't hurting us a lot, would that make sense?" Buckley asked.

"(Mitchell) was getting the ball at contests and that was great, but, on the balance of it, our midfield was getting on top and working them over."

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson was slightly miffed at the way Buckley dismissed Mitchell's impact.

"It was 10 goals to four and at quarter-time he'd had (14) disposals and we were six goals in front," Clarkson said.

"So it's pretty ballsy to say he wasn't having an influence at that point in time, because I think he was."

Saturday, 18 February 2017
Tom Mitchell says he hopes to take on a leadership role in the future at Hawthorn.

"You only have to look around and see the quality leaders we have at our club," Mitchell said.

"It's great to be able to learn from those guys and see how they go about it in their day-to-day training, how they help other players improve.

"I'm just trying to learn from their example and follow their lead."

Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Hawthorn recruit Tom Mitchell has quickly earnt the respect of his new teammates with his ferocious attack on the ball.

"Tom Mitchell is probably the most competitive person I've seen at every stoppage drill," former Hawks captain Luke Hodge told radio station RSN927.

"He's teaching blokes what to do, getting his hands on the ball straight up, that's a great start."

Saturday, 10 December 2016
Hawthorn recruit Tom Mitchell will wear the Hawks' iconic No.3 jumper in 2017.

"It's a huge privilege to get the No.3," Mitchell said.

"There's a big history with Leigh Matthews a club legend and more recently Jonathan Hay and Jordan Lewis who's a four-time premiership player. I'm looking forward to wearing it."

Friday, 14 October 2016
Tom Mitchell is traded to Hawthorn by Sydney in exchange for pick 14 and the on-traded pick 52, which Hawthorn initially received from West Coast in a trade for Sam Mitchell deal.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Hawthorn reaches an agreement to secure ball magnet Tom Mitchell from the Sydney Swans.

Mitchell will be sent to Hawthorn for pick No.14 and an exchange of later picks.

"We are excited to have an in principle deal done with the Sydney Swans for Tom Mitchell to join the Hawks for the 2017 season and beyond," Hawks recruiting and list manager Graham Wright said.

"Tom has had a fantastic season for the Swans, particularly in the second half of the year.

"He's a high-quality person and at only 23 years of age has plenty of football ahead of him."

Friday, 7 October 2016
Tom Mitchell's football future remains undecided with the midfielder set to continue talks with the Sydney Swans over the weekend.

Mitchell is expected to request a move to Hawthorn after the NAB AFL Trade Period officially opens on Monday.

But his manager, Phil Mullen of Stride Sports, told on Friday the 23-year-old was yet to make a final decision.

"Tom's talks with the Swans remain on-going and will continue over the weekend," Mullen said.

"We hope to have an answer shortly after that but there's no set timeframe."

Monday, 3 October 2016
Tom Mitchell remains the one prominent unsigned Swans player for 2017 and could be a victim of a salary-cap squeeze.

Mitchell has averaged 28 disposals a game and established himself as a vital member of a deep Swans' midfield rotation, with his inside work especially valued.

"I hope he stays, I'm sure him and the club will sort it out in the next few weeks," Swans teammate Luke Parker said.

'He has been a massive contributor, a big reason why we're so successful this year."

Friday, 30 September 2016
Tom Mitchell says he isn't looking beyond playing his part as a Swan in the 2016 Grand Final and will leave discussions about his future until the end of the season.

The out-of-contract Mitchell has been strongly linked with a move to Hawthorn, with reports this week the Hawks could on-trade the second-round pick they are likely to obtain from Fremantle for Bradley Hill.

"My focus is solely on the finals so far and the game tomorrow," he said.

"I love Sydney and I love playing with a great bunch of blokes.

"We've come a long way this year and we just have to do whatever we can to get the job done."

Saturday, 23 July 2016
Tom Mitchell's contract negotiations have been put on hold until the end of the season.

Swans football manager Tom Harley told 3AW on Saturday discussions would not resume in the near future.

"It was probably a month ago now, that (Mitchell's manager) Phil Mullen and I agreed to just hold off until the end of the season, so Tom could focus on his football," Harley said.

Monday, 27 June 2016
Tom Mitchell has put contract talks with the Sydney Swans on hold for at least the next month to focus on his football.

Mitchell and the Swans were understood to be close to finalising a new long-term deal, but failed to reach a resolution in talks during the club's round 14 bye.

The 23-year-old is set to come off contract at the end of this season and has attracted keen interest in the past from Victorian clubs, particularly Carlton.

"We've put things on hold and we'll start again later on in the year, so it's an ongoing thing but we'll have a bit of a break for a while," Mitchell's manager, Phil Mullen of Stride Sports, said.

"We're reasonably close to where we want to be, both parties, but we'll put it on hold and let Tom concentrate on his football because that's what it's all about.

"The Swans are happy to keep calling and we'll listen and see how we go from there."

Saturday, 28 May 2016
Tom Mitchell tallies a career-high 41 possessions in the Swans' 26-point win over North Melbourne.

Swans coach John Longmire said that Mitchell's talent had never been in question, but his body was now allowing him to show it to the footy world.

"He didn't have many pre-seasons and wasn't fit," Longmire said.

"He didn't have enough training under his belt and if you don't have that continuous run over the pre-season you find it hard to develop your game.

"It's so hard at AFL level and he's been able to benefit from that enormously over the last two years.

"If you're playing on good mids at training over summer, you get an experience of that and that's what he was able to do."

Friday, 8 April 2016
Tom Mitchell says he has no intention of leaving the Sydney Swans for a rival club.

"I love the club and have built some great relationships with all the players and coaches," he said.

"And I just love being part of a group that is really driven, heading towards achieving the same goal.

"So I'm very happy in Sydney and really looking forward to what should be a solid year for the team."

Friday, 20 February 2015
Swans coach John Longmire says Tom Mitchell is set for a big season in 2015 after a strong pre-season.

"It's the first time since [Tom] has been at the club that he's had a full pre-season," Longmire said.

"It gives him the best chance to hopefully have an injury free season, and his best season on the ground. His best is very good."

Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Ted Richards says Swans teammate Tom Mitchell is set for a big year in 2015.

"Someone I've noticed who's really pushing themselves and I think will have a big year is Tommy Mitchell," Richards told 3AW radio.

"I think Tommy was pretty frustrated with his year last year and a lot of it was due to injuries and not being able to get on the park as much as he wanted, but Tommy's a guy I think will be very important for us this year."

Monday, 24 November 2014
Tom Mitchell says dealing with injuries in 2014 was a frustrating experience.

"I suppose the main factor [the Swans coaches] wanted me to work on was my fitness, but it was kind of hard to work on since I had injuries. I couldn't run at times and couldn't really do training, and it's hard to get fit obviously when you can't train," he said.

"So that was very frustrating and added to the frustration of the whole year."

Mitchell says his body is sound going into this year's pre-season.

"I'm rapt to be injury-free and am really looking forward to getting a lot of training under my belt," Mitchell said.

"I feel pretty fit and the medical staff and the coaching staff are reasonably happy with the shape I've returned in.

"I'm just hoping to get fitter each session, so I can get as fit as I can before the games start and hopefully cement a spot next season."

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Carlton has moved to distance itself from making any approach to Sydney Swan Tom Mitchell.

"I've said to Tom's management and also the Sydney Swans over the last couple of weeks that we won't be approaching Tom to get his services," Carlton football operations manager Andrew McKay said.

"The only way we would is if he told Sydney that he wanted to come back to Melbourne to play football. We won't be actively seeking to pull him out of the Sydney Swans."

Friday, 19 September 2014
Carlton has confirmed its interest in Sydney Swans midfielder Tom Mitchell and revealed it has spoken to Mitchell's family.

Mitchell - whose father, Barry, played for the Swans, Blues and Collingwood has struggled to break into the Swans' powerful line-up this season.

The 21-year-old, who has battled injuries this year but dominated in the NEAFL when fit, has played just six senior matches.

"I think certainly the Mitchell family understands that we would be interested if Tom did decide to leave," Carlton football operations manager Andrew McKay said.

"We're not actively trying to pull him out of Sydney by any stretch of the imagination, but Tom's obviously a very, very good player in a very, very good club so he's in and out of the team quite often.

"We haven't been active, but certainly the Mitchells understand our stance there."

Wednesday, 3 September 2014
After a season blighted by injury, Tom Mitchell says he's grateful to have had an opportunity back in the Sydney Swans' senior team at the business end of the year.

"I was just happy to get the opportunity against Richmond and I'm grateful for every chance I get," Mitchell said.

"I'm just hoping to play my role for the team each week and that's my main aim.

"The body feels good, I got through the game unscathed, I've pulled up well and now I'm just getting stuck into training again this week."

Monday, 19 May 2014
Tom Mitchell breaks the state league possession record in the NEAFL.

His disposal tally of 64 (23 contested, 41 uncontested) is the highest ever recorded by Champion Data in a state league or under-18 competition since the company began recording statistics in the TAC Cup in 2006.

The 20-year-old's stats sheet consisted of 28 kicks, 36 handballs, four goals, five tackles, 14 marks, 12 clearances, 27 handball receives and 16 hardball gets.

Monday, 16 September 2013
Sydney confirm that Kurt Tippett and Tom Mitchell will miss the Swans' preliminary final against Fremantle in Perth due to a strained knee ligament and torn ankle ligaments respectively.

"Mitchell is out. He needs an operation," coach John Longmire said.

"He's got torn ligaments in his ankle, so he's out for the season.

"Tippett won't play this week, he strained a ligament at the top of his fibula, which means he won't play this week as well."

Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Jaeger O'Meara has capped off an outstanding debut season by winning this year's NAB AFL Rising Star Award from Adelaide's Brad Crouch, with Port Adelaide's Oliver Wines finishing third.

O'Meara polled 44 of a possible 45 votes to win by 13 votes from Crouch, with Wines finishing on 26 votes ahead of North Melbourne's Aaron Mullett and Sydney Swan Tom Mitchell who tied on 11 votes in equal fourth.
Friday, 19 July 2013
Swans coach John Longmire says he is impressed with youngster Tom Mitchell's defensive abilities.

"Ultimately he's got talent but he's a real competitor," Longmire said.

"He's a fantastic tackler and he's terrific on his one on ones. The ability to do that and tackle so well means he's able to step up to in senior company and feel comfortable."

Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Tom Mitchell earns the round 11 NAB Rising Star nomination after a stellar performance in Sydney's triumph over Adelaide where he tallied 31 touches, including 14 contested, and 10 tackles.

"Tommy is certainly a talented player, but most importantly he is hard at the football and a really strong competitor," Sydney coach John Longmire said.

"He did a good job for us in his first game coming in as the sub, and he was a good contributor again for us against Adelaide, particularly with his 10 tackles."

Saturday, 1 June 2013
Tom Mitchell makes his AFL debut for Sydney at the SCG with 18 disposals (12 kicks and 6 handballs), 6 marks, 6 tackles and a goal in a 44-point win over Essendon.
Playing in his first AFL game as a substitute, Tom Mitchell is subbed in just 10 minutes into the second quarter and finishes with 18 possessions, six marks, six tackles and a goal on debut in a 44-point win against Essendon.

"I just wanted to get out there and play my role and contribute," Mitchell said.

"I just followed the direction from the senior players who were great the whole game just positioning me where they wanted me to be.

"I'm not sure if it's really soaked in yet, but I'm really happy to be part of a great win against a quality side like Essendon."

Thursday, 11 October 2012
Swans CEO Andrew Ireland says Tom Mitchell was never a trade candidate despite rumours suggesting the young midfielder might have been used to complete a deal to land Kurt Tippett.

"Tom's name has never been raised by us and will never be raised by us," Ireland said.

"He's a father-son who we think will be important in our midfield in the future and he would never be part of the trade."

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