HAWTHORN insists Tom Mitchell was unaware his management had asked for a fee for a post-Brownlow Medal interview, should the star midfielder claim the AFL’s highest individual honour.
3AW reported on Friday morning that Mitchell’s management was happy for the Hawk to take part in a radio interview this Tuesday — should he win the Brownlow — for a fee of $1000, plus GST.
Foxfooty.com.au has confirmed that Mitchell had no awareness of the financial request from his management, TLA.
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AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan then shot down any potential of media outlets being charged to interview Mitchell in the aftermath of the Brownlow, should he claim the medal on Monday night.
“Somebody has made a mistake there — I’m sure,” McLachlan told 3AW on Friday morning.
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“If you’re a Brownlow Medal winner then you actually do make a lot of money out of it in the long term.
“But in the aftermath and celebrating the next day? I know Tom will be doing a lot of media and he won’t be charging.”
According to Sportsbet, Mitchell is a $1.60 favourite to claim the award after a stunning 2018 campaign, which saw him average a league-high 35.3 disposals, as well as rank first for average clearances, second for ranking points and third for contested possessions.
Richmond superstar Dustin Martin is second-favourite at $7 to win back-to-back medals, while Demon Max Gawn ($9) and Blue Patrick Cripps ($10) aren’t too far behind the Tiger.
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Mitchell is set to undergo shoulder surgery next week following AFL’s night of nights after he was crunched in the first quarter of last Friday’s semi-final by Melbourne defender Neville Jetta.
The ball magnet played the rest of the knockout fixture, which the Hawks lost by 33 points, but was in great discomfort.
Mitchell has revealed he would have been an unlikely starter in Saturday’s preliminary final, had the Hawks defeated the Demons.
“I don’t think I would have got up to play. Which would have been disappointing,” Mitchell told the Nine Network.
“Looks like it (will require surgery). Maybe Wednesday I might try to get it looked at, fixed up.
“I should be stronger and better for next year.”
Despite being the overwhelming favourite, Mitchell said he doesn’t “really have any expectations” for Monday night.
The 25-year-old has already been named the AFL Players’ Association MVP for 2018.
— with AAP