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WAFL break leaves Mitchell wanting more



Claremont captain Kane Mitchell says he has plenty more he wants to achieve in the game, as he and his club await a verdict on the future of the 2020 WAFL season.


The 30 year old is already a dual premiership player and Sandover medallist with the Tigers, having also played 35 games of AFL with Port Adelaide.


He told Sports Drive on Wednesday that while the delayed start to the season had given him time to reminisce, he still has the hunger and desire to play on beyond 2020.


“I have reflected a little bit, but I’ve still got things I want to do and things I want to achieve,” Mitchell said.


“If I don’t achieve them, I want to feel like I’ve given it everything. I’ve still got a few more years left to try and get those things done.”


Mitchell was set to assume the captaincy outright for season 2020, having shared the role with now retired team mate Ian Richardson in 2019.


When he will lead his side out in to battle remains to be seen, with the future of the season clouded by the current COVID-19 pandemic.


Mitchell said the club was uncertain as to when or even if the season would commence.


“It’s still all up in the air, there’s not a lot of clarity around how long it’s going to be and when the season is going to start,” he said.


“Like we all know it’s an ever-changing environment that we are in, as things come to light I’m sure the AFL, WAFL and all other competitions will get the information out as quickly as they can. It’s a bit of a waiting game now unfortunately.”


When asked about his emotional state, Mitchell said the overall feeling was one of disappointment.


“I know all the football clubs have been training for so long, it was a pretty hot summer as well so you have put in all this work for things that are out of your control to stop you playing and the things that you love, it’s just disappointment,” he said.


“You can get frustrated, but unfortunately it’s something that you can’t control so you need to control what you can, at the moment it’s just trying to stay in some sort of playing condition and just being patient waiting and staying positive.”


Mitchell reflected on the end to the 2019 WAFL season, having exited at the hands of South Fremantle in a preliminary final.


“South Fremantle are a great outfit, they have a fantastic midfield and they put us under a lot of pressure.”


“Both South Fremantle and Subiaco are making us become better players and a better team, it will be interesting to see how the season unfolds if it’s shortened or however it goes, South Freo and Subi are the obviously the benchmark and great sides.”


More information on the state based competitions including the WAFL is expected on Monday, when the AFL reveals it’s plans for a return to football.


IMAGE: The West Australian.


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