Tom Mitchell to decide AFL future soon

The AFL grand final could be Tom Mitchell’s last game for Sydney, with the hard-nosed midfielder admitting he’ll have to make a call on the future soon.

Mitchell is out of contract and has been linked with Hawthorn for much of the year.

The speculation has failed to impact the 23-year-old’s form, especially in the past fortnight when he’s been among the Swans’ best in knock-out finals wins over Adelaide and Geelong.

“It’s something I haven’t really thought about too much for the whole year,” Mitchell told AAP on Friday.

“That stuff will take care of itself at the end of the season. It’s in the hands of the club and my manager so I’m sure they’ll sort through it.”

Mitchell, who spoke of his “love” for the Swans, is yet to set a deadline or consider a timeframe for his decision.

“I’m not sure when that time will come. I’m sure it will come soon but for now I’m just solely focused on the game,” he said.

Mitchell suggested there were no nerves ahead of his first AFL grand final – for now.

“There might be a few tomorrow but at the moment I’m just treating it like every other game. The last three finals have been fairly intense as well,” he said.

“Today’s a little bit different with the parade but I’m sure tonight when we get into more preparation it’ll be the same as usual.”

If Swans coach John Longmire employs a hard tag on Western Bulldogs superstar Marcus Bontempelli then Mitchell is likely to be given the job.

Mitchell noted the Bulldogs had no shortage of weapons in their engine room.

“They’re a quality team and have a number of dangerous guys who fo through there. They bat pretty deep,” he said.

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