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Mitch back on track

Mitchell back on track Two and a half weeks after breaking his leg, Tom Mitchell has made his way back onto Waverley.

Tom Mitchell is determined to have an influence on Hawthorn’s campaign in 2019.

Despite being considered unlikely to play a part in the Hawks’ on-field plans this season, the reigning Brownlow Medallist said he is confident he can still make an impression on the playing group.

“There’s still plenty of opportunities to have a positive impact on the group,” Mitchell said.

“I can’t obviously get out on the park and play, but I still think I can have an impact on the playing group and help improve players in the midfield and keep a close eye on them.

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“I’m definitely going to try and get involved, whether that be through coaching or through helping some of the younger players, just contributing where I can off the field.” 

Just shy of three weeks since the incident that derailed the 25-year-old’s year, Mitchell said his recovery is progressing well in its early stages. 

“I’ve obviously been away the last two weeks but now being off the crutches and out of the boot, I’m feeling pretty good.

“I’m still just waiting for swelling to get out of my leg and just doing little things like walking and putting weight through my leg again.

“It feels a little bit funny with a little bit of muscle wastage, but it should all come back pretty quick.

“Recovery-wise, I think I can do things in the pool and on the bike and then hopefully [progress] towards running in the near future.”

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