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Sam Mitchell departs the Hawks

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 16: Sam Mitchell of the Hawks in action during the 2016 AFL Second Semi Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 16, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Sam Mitchell will depart Hawthorn after a deal was reached with West Coast.

HAWTHORN Football Club can confirm Sam Mitchell will depart the club after a deal was reached to see the 34-year-old join West Coast Eagles.

Hawthorn will receive picks 52, 70 and 88 in exchange for Mitchell.

West Coast will also receive picks 54 and 72 as part of the deal.

In farewelling Mitchell, Senior Coach Alastair Clarkson thanked the 34-year-old for his outstanding contribution to the football club.

“Sam has made an invaluable contribution to Hawthorn Football Club over the past 15 years,” Clarkson said.

“As a past captain, 300 game player and a four time premiership player, Sam has cemented himself as a decorated servant of our club.

“He is very popular member amongst players, coaches and staff and we wish him, Lyndall, Smith, Emmerson and Scarlett all the best in their new adventure,” he said.
 
Hawthorn Recruiting and List Manager Graham Wright said the trade is the best outcome for all parties:

“After discussions with Sam, his management and the West Coast Eagles, we believe we have reached a deal that is in the best interests of all involved.
 
“Sam has always envisaged coaching in his future and a move to West Coast will enable him to make that first step.

“We are a club that encourages growth and development and we are happy to help facilitate Sam’s wishes.

“The club would like to thank Sam for his magnificent contribution over the past 15 years and we wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

The 307-game midfielder was recruited to the Hawks in 2001 with pick 36.

Mitchell departs the Hawks as a four-time premiership player (2008, 2013, 2014, 2015), five-time Peter Crimmins Medallist (2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016) and three-time All Australian (2011, 2013, 2015).

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