Impey draws praise from Mitchell

05 March 2018 05:53:46 UK

Tom Mitchell was impressed with the performance of "electric" recruit Jarman Impey in Hawthorn's opening pre-season game.

Impey, who moved to the Hawks from Port Adelaide in last year's trade period, caught the eye against Western Bulldogs in the JLT Community Series.

The youngster gathered 15 disposals, had six inside-50s and five score involvements in the 22-point loss in Ballarat.

Mitchell, who was Hawthorn's best and fairest winner last season, says the 22-year-old has made an immediate impression on the team.

The 2017 All Australian added: "He had a lot of flair, especially early in the game. There was a patch in the third quarter when he ran through the middle of the ground and took a few bounces.

"I think he's going to be a pretty electric player for us and we're excited to see what he can do."

Impey was most often used as a small rebounding defender in his four seasons with Port Adelaide but has spent all of this summer training as a forward.

Another Hawk to catch the eye of Mitchell against the Bulldogs was James Siciliy, who had 24 disposals and six marks in defence.

"Everyone loves 'Sis' in the backline. His back end of last year was pretty impressive, and his intercept marking and kicking from the back half was pretty good," said Mitchell. "I think he's found his spot down there and he looks pretty comfortable, which is great for us."

Hawthorn finish their pre-season by taking on Carlton on Saturday at the University of Tasmania Stadium.

Hawthorn are 25/1 to win the AFL Grand Final, while the Hawks are 1/1 to win their first game of the season against Collingwood, who are 41/50.

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