FROM winning the Brownlow Medal to trying to find the next generation of superstars?
Hawthorn star Tom Mitchell is not wasting his time off the field during football's shutdown period, throwing himself into an online AFL recruiting course this month.
The advanced certificate in identifying and developing young AFL talent is run by Sydney's recruiting manager Simon Dalrymple.
The half-day workshop will be run via the online Zoom platform on Wednesday, April 29, and is open to players, coaches, officials, parents and anyone with an eye on breaking into the scouting industry.
Mitchell, who was traded from the Swans to Hawthorn at the end of 2016, where he has become one of the game's best ball-winners, is understood to have signed up to take part and broaden his skillset during the coronavirus-enforced break from the game.
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The course is supported by the AFL Coaches' Association and the AFL SportsReady program, and will see participants get an insight into spotting talent and developing young players. The course costs $280 to complete.
Club recruiting and list management teams from around the competition have been stood down while the game comes to grips with the financial fallout of COVID-19.
Dalrymple crossed to the Swans at the end of 2018 after being a key driver in the build of the Dogs' 2016 premiership side, including the key selection of superstar midfielder Marcus Bontempelli with pick No.4 in 2013.
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Mitchell made his return to Hawthorn's side in round one with 25 disposals in its win over Brisbane.
The 26-year-old missed last year after breaking his leg in the pre-season following his Brownlow Medal-winning season in 2018.
Mitchell's father Barry, who was a star player with Carlton and the Swans, was formerly in the recruiting industry with Sydney after his playing career.
Port Adelaide gun Robbie Gray has been involved in recruiting and list management courses previously, while Brisbane forward Eric Hipwood also spent last year's NAB AFL Draft Combine with the club's scouting team watching and interviewing prospects.