The Sydney Swans are about to unleash another addition to their already stacked midfield and the name is one revered by long-time supporters of the AFL club.
Tom Mitchell, who will make his senior debut against Essendon at the SCG on Saturday, is the son of former rover and Swans fan favourite Barry Mitchell.
Mitchell senior tallied 170 games with the club between 1984 and 1992 and was inducted into the Swans’ Hall of Fame in 2011.
A highly touted midfielder Tom Mitchell had his seemingly inevitable ascension to senior football stalled by knee and foot injuries in his first year at the club in 2012. After a run of seven straight games in the reserves, Mitchell has finally forced his way into the senior side.
"He’s been fantastic for the last few weeks in particular," Swans coach John Longmire said of Mitchell.
"He’s been getting plenty of the ball, but also getting 12 or 13 tackles, which we love.
"He’s a very good strong contested-ball player, and hopefully adds to that mix that we’ve got with Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker and Dan Hannebery."
Longmire described Mitchell, who turns 20 on Friday, as a really smart kid.
Longmire, who played for North Melbourne against Barry Mitchell, acknowledged it could be difficult to follow in the footsteps of a famous father.
"But I think in the end ultimately you are really your own person," Longmire said.
"You do forge your own career, you do make your own mark and I’m confident that’s what Tom will do.
"He’s a very determined young man and he’s very much a competitor, which is an attribute we loved in him all along."
Barry Mitchell will be on hand at the SCG on Saturday to see his son graduate to AFL level.
"He’s always been a great support throughout my whole footy journey, he’s been a great help," Tom Mitchell said.