After an outstanding season for Hawthorn, ball-magnet Tom Mitchell heads into next week’s Brownlow Medal night as the favourite to take home the prestigious award.
Mitchell’s numbers in 2018 are simply extraordinary, ending the year with 848 possessions at an average of 35.3 per game.
The Hawks’ midfielder accumulated 40+ disposals 11 times, breaking the 50 mark on two occasions, notching a season-high 54 back in Round 1 against Collingwood, while also leading the competition in clearances and second for centre clearances.
Playing every game this campaign, Mitchell’s prolific performances were recognised by his peers, taking home the AFL Players’ Association Most Valuable Player and placing second in the AFL Coaches Association Player of the Year Award behind Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn.
Dominant displays against Collingwood in Round 1, Geelong in Round 2, St Kilda in Round 6, GWS in Round 15, Brisbane in Round 17, Carlton in Round 18, Fremantle in Round 19 and Essendon in Round 20 should see the 25-year-old go close to bettering his tally of 25 votes last season.
Can Mitchell become the first Hawthorn Brownlow Medallist since Sam Mitchell in 2012?
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