Junior Clubs: Claremont (WA)
Recruited from: West Coast Eagles/Richmond
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Knowing he was on his final chance at his third AFL club, Morton spent almost the entire season in the NEAFL, kicking more than 70 goals while developing the pressure and tackling acts demanded at the Swans.
He did enough to finally earn his chance in round 21 as a substitute against the Western Bulldogs and featured in five of the last six games of the year, including all three finals.
Morton capped a stunning career revival with two crucial goals in the Grand Final victory over Hawthorn.
Previous AFL clubs: West Coast (2005-07: 12 games, 11 goals); Richmond (2008-11: 59 games, 94 goals).
Draft history: 2004 NAB AFL Draft 3rd round father-son selection (West Coast) No. 44 overall; 2007 NAB AFL Draft traded by West Coast for No. 35 (Sam Reid); 2011 NAB AFL Draft traded by Richmond for fourth round selection (not utilised).
2012 was a mixed year for Mitch and one that was a bit frustrating. He ended up not getting a senior game until late in the year after he kicked over 70 goals in the reserves in three-quarters of a season. He showed at that level he could be a really damaging forward and then from all the mess and frustration came just a sensational end to his year, which shows the value of hanging in there for the whole season. He was a massive part of our finals series and played all three finals and played really well, and ended up as a premiership player of the club.
Pre-season has been really good. He’s had a couple of niggles but he hasn’t missed too many sessions and his fitness is really good and he’s running close to his PB in the 3km time trial.
We hope in 2013 that he plays more games for us like he did in the finals. We hope that he gets in earlier than he did last year and holds onto his spot and contributes to the team like he did last year.