SAM MITCHELL'S likely move to West Coast has blindsided Hawthorn fans, and most of them aren't happy with the potential trade.
Supporters and former players took to social media on Wednesday morning to voice their displeasure and confusion over the prospect of the 34-year-old joining the Eagles.
Some West Coast fans looked to celebrate a potential trade that would land them an experienced premiership winner.
Sam Mitchell. Wow. Don't think anyone saw that coming— Matt Mitchell (@mattmitchell_23) October 11, 2016
Mitchell to WCE feels like Montana to the Chiefs all those years ago. That's how good Sam is. Scratch what I said before. WCE to contend.— Footyfunk (@footyfunk) October 11, 2016
Hawthorn fans, however, were generally shattered at the news that one of their best-loved sons would leave the club in such a way.
Sam Mitchell to West Coast? If it is true West Coast should SACK whoever made the decision! Another SLOW 30+ year old is NOT what they need!— Benodamus (@BenSonicz) October 11, 2016
Some came up with creative ideas about how a trade could best serve Hawthorn.
Could Luke Shuey play a part in a Sam Mitchell to West Coast deal? Friends and family here in Melbourne.— Damian Tardio (@damiantardio) October 11, 2016
Former players also had their say on the Mitchell move, including a notable former Kangaroo.
Fair to say I'm a bit surprised!— Brian Lake (@BrianLake17) October 11, 2016