Melbourne and Fremantle confirmed a trade on Wednesday that sees the Demons give their No. 54 selection in the National Draft to the Dockers in return for the 21-year-old midfielder Michie.
Michie was originally drafted by the Dockers with selection No. 44 in the 2010 National Draft, but battled nasty foot injuries in 2011 and 2012 that limited him to just seven WAFL games with Peel Thunder in 2011 and none at all in 2012, and none until this year with Fremantle in the AFL.
However, the skilful and prolific ball-winning midfielder got his body right in 2013 and unfortunately for him, it coincided with Fremantle putting together a season that ended in the grand final loss to Hawthorn.
With the likes of David Mundy, Michael Barlow, Ryan Crowley, Stephen Hill, Danyle Pearce, Lachie Neale and Nat Fyfe in the Fremantle line-up, Michie only broke through for the one AFL game in Round 14 against Geelong at Simonds Stadium where he picked up 13 possessions.
His body was the best it has been since being drafted in 2013, though, and he showed what he can do in the WAFL with Peel Thunder where he averaged 25.6 possessions in his 16 games and took out the club's fairest and best award.
His consistency was terrific in the midfield for a battling Peel side which finished with the WAFL wooden spoon as Michie racked up 30 or more possessions on six occasions and the only time he had less than 20 disposals was in Round 21 when he got injured just before half-time.
Michie has shown a terrific ability to win plenty of the ball, run and carry it, use it with good skills and to also do well around stoppages.
He is the exact type of player that Melbourne needed to add to its struggling midfield that was virtually carried by Nathan Jones just about on his own throughout 2013.
Provided Michie's body can now stay sound, this trade could be looked back on as a great win for Melbourne given only pick 54 was given up for it, but with Fremantle's midfield depth it was going to be hard for Michie to gain a permanent spot with the Dockers anyway.