Mitchell maintains flying start for Swans

Tom Mitchell confirmed an exceptional start to his senior career on Tuesday by being named the Swans’ first Rising Star nominee in two years.

After an 18-possession, six-tackle debut as a substitute against Essendon, Mitchell produced an irresistible performance in the Swans’ 77-point win over Adelaide, getting 31 touches, of which 14 were contested, and making 10 tackles.

His impact earned him the round-11 nomination – the Swans’ first since Sam Reid was named in round 12, 2011.

”When these sorts of accolades come along, I suppose they’re a bonus along the way,” Mitchell said. ”But I’m just happy to be a part of the team and part of a team that had a good win on the weekend.”

Coach John Longmire was pleased with the hardness at the football Mitchell had shown.

”He did a good job for us in his first game coming in as the sub,” Longmire said. ”And he was a good contributor again for us against Adelaide, particularly with his 10 tackles.” The 20-year-old said he was not concerned with statistics, focusing more on defensive pressure, which the Swans are delivering in buckets.

The son of Swans Hall of Fame member Barry Mitchell said his father had had a ”pretty positive impact” on him and was ”always willing to share his experience”. However, he revealed he hadn’t seen much footage of his father’s career because he didn’t really need to, joking: ”He was pretty good, from what he’s told me”.

Mitchell appears a fine accomplice to the likes of Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker, Dan Hannebery, Ryan O’Keefe and Kieren Jack. But it seems he has the high expectations under control. ”It takes time [to get a chance] with such a strong team,” he said. ”You just have to keep working and hope that your opportunity will come. Hopefully I can stay in for the remainder of the year.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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