Former Tiger has a day out
Former Tiger has a day out

Young Sydney midfielder Tom Mitchell put his hand up for an AFL recall after setting a new Australian Rules record with 64 disposals for the Swans reserves in the NEAFL on Sunday.

Mitchell amassed 28 kicks, 36 handballs and kicked four goals in the 131-point win over ACT club Eastlake, with 78 per cent of his disposals recorded as being effective.

The 20-year-old also registered 12 clearances, 14 inside 50s, five tackles and 22 score involvements in a completely dominant display.

Mitchell's disposal tally is the highest figure since Champion Data started covering games in 1996.

The VFL-AFL record is 53 possessions, shared by Gary Ablett (Gold Coast) against Collingwood in round 10, 2012 and Greg Williams (Sydney) against St Kilda in round 19, 1989.

Hayden Bunton Jr had 88 kicks for Swan Districts against South Fremantle in 1962, according to WAFL folklore, but a lack of recorded statistics at the time make it impossible to verify.

Mitchell, the son of former Sydney, Collingwood and Carlton midfielder Barry Mitchell, played the first four games for Sydney's senior side this season, but missed the round-five win over Fremantle with an ankle injury and hasn't been able to force his way back into the line-up since.

The Swans have won their past five games and emerged unscathed from their demolition of Essendon last Friday night. They host Geelong at the SCG on Thursday week.

Mitchell has averaged 19 disposals in his 18 AFL games.

Sunday's effort was his best since collecting 45 for the Claremont colts against Peel in round 23, 2011.

His best AFL performance was a 31-disposal, 10-tackle game against Adelaide in round 11 last season.

The West Australian

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