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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.

Hawthorn fans, however, were generally shattered at the news that one of their best-loved sons would leave the club in such a way.

Some came up with creative ideas about how a trade could best serve Hawthorn.

Former players also had their say on the Mitchell move, including a notable former Kangaroo.