LIMITING Tom Mitchell's influence is high on Geelong's agenda as it plans to take on Hawthorn on Saturday.

The recruit has racked up more than 30 disposals a game for 12 games in succession, a record run that he began when he had 32 touches against the Cats in round three.

Geelong coach Chris Scott said tagging Mitchell was an option, but it was a tough task because the 24-year-old was such a gifted inside player.

"As always, the challenge is working out how much you can impact your overall game style, in terms of trying to stop the opposition," Scott said.

"The worst-case scenario of all is not really doing much to stop those guys, but trying so hard it pulls your structure apart.

"It will be something we have already put a lot of thought into, and I suspect it'll chop and change a little bit within the game as well."

Former Hawthorn skipper Luke Hodge, who plays game 300 on Saturday, said this week the impact of Mitchell's disposals had grown as the season progressed as he came to better understand his role and teammates.

Mitchell's final backwards handball that allowed Liam Shiels to win the clearance against Greater Western Sydney last week that nearly enabled the Hawks to steal the game was a telling indication of his influence.

It put paid to any thought that his football should be measured on metres gained, as his unique ability to gain possession and then contort his body to find an option can create havoc.

Hawthorn has kicked 16 goals from clearances in the past two games, three more than any other team during that period, and has conceded just seven goals, with both Mitchell and Shaun Burgoyne being influential.

The Cats, however, have scored 12 and conceded five, the second-best at stopping the opposition scoring from stoppages in the past two weeks.

It will make the battle around the contest critical.

Zac Smith will be crucial playing his 100th career game, and the Cats are likely to include Scott Selwood and Dan Menzel, who have both missed the past fortnight through injury.