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AFLW Trade Wrap 2020

The AFLW trade period saw a number of big names change guernseys, giving us the first look at how the competition will look in 2021.

Rhiannon Watt celebrates her first ever goal in footy for the Saints. AFLW Trade Image: Megan Bewer
Rhiannon Watt celebrates her first ever goal in footy for the Saints. Image: Megan Bewer

Adelaide Crows

Current draft picks

4, 45, 48

Traded In

Hannah Munyard (Western Bulldogs), Jess Sedunary (St Kilda), Lisa Whiteley (GWS Giants), pick 45

Traded Out

Pick 20, pick 34

Retirements

Courtney Cramey, Jess Foley, Courtney Gum, Sophie Li, Maisie Nankivell, Ruth Wallace

Delistings

Nicole Campbell, Jaimi Tabb

Retained Players

Sarah Allan (2022), Najwa Allen (2021), Chelsea Biddell (2021), Hannah Button (2021), Ailish Considine (2021), Dayna Cox (2021), Angela Foley (2021), Renee Forth (2021), Nikki Gore (2021), Caitlin Gould (2021), Anne Hatchard (2022), Eloise Jones (2022), Ebony Marinoff (2021). Montana McKinnon (2021), Rhiannon Metcalfe (2021), Justine Mules (2021), Madison Newman (2021), Erin Phillips (2021), Danielle Ponter (2021), Marjiana Rajcic (2021), Chelsea Randall (2021), Chloe Scheer (2021), Stevie-Lee Thompson (2021), Deni Varnhagen (2022)

Current available list spots: 3

Adelaide remains the only team with access to the South Australian draft pool, which gives them more to work with when it comes to trades—the pick order is less valuable to them than it is to Victorian clubs.

The Crows bolstered their list by luring South Australians back to their home state. Lisa Whiteley is a defender who has teetered on the edge of the Giants’ list for two years and has two games under her belt as she’s developed her craft.

Hannah Munyard is a talented young midfielder who went undrafted last year, only to be signed by the Bulldogs as a free agent for season 2020. Across her three games she proved her ability to run two ways and has a huge amount of growth potential. She’s the right kind of player for the Crows to develop as a support for Hatchard and Marinoff. Especially given she can assist in defence through the middle of the ground to make the Crows less susceptible to fast rebounding teams, and can also go forward and impact the scoreboard.

Jess Sedunary also returns after a year at the Saints and her experience cannot come at a better time for Adelaide. With a host of retirements, Sedunary’s maturity and leadership will be crucial, particularly if the club faces more injuries in 2021.

The Crows have a really exciting list that was hit hard by player availability this year, but positives to come out of it was the growth of Najwa Allen, Caitlin Gould and Nikki Gore.


Brisbane Lions

Current draft picks

8 (2 in Queensland), 37 (4), 38 (5), 51 (7), 52 (8)

Traded In

Taylor Smith (Gold Coast)

Traded Out

Pick 24

Retirements

Arianna Clarke

Delistings

Hannah Hillman, Brianna McFarlane

Retained Players

Alexandra Anderson (2022), Lauren Arnell (2021), Emily Bates (2022), Greta Bodey (2022), Shannon Campbell (2022), Gabby Collingwood (2021), Sophie Conway (2022), Dakota Davidson (2022), Belle Dawes (2022), Jade Ellenger (2021), Natalie Grider (2022), Talia Hickie (2022), Jessy Keeffe (2021), Breanna Koenan (2022), Rheanne Lugg (2022), Kate Lutkins (2022), Maria Moloney (2022), Orla O’Dwyer (2021), Lily Postlethwaite (2022), Selina Priest (2021), Cathy Svarc (2022), Jesse Wardlaw (2022), Sharni Webb (2021), Jess Wuetschner (2022), Jordan Zanchetta (2021), Emma Zielke (2021)

Current Available List Spots: 3

While being relatively quiet this trade period—only bringing in forward Taylor Smith—the huge win for Brisbane is that they were able to lock away the bulk of their list for the longer term. Of their re-signings, 17 are now on two year deals, which will see them stick around until 2022.

Continuity is something the Lions haven’t really been able to enjoy in recent years after being raided by expansion clubs. Now they’ve settled with a large portion of their players locals, and their 2020 additions looking to grow as a group.

Their one addition, Taylor Smith is an encouraging forward with just one match to her name, but she will no doubt benefit from the leadership of Jess Wuetschner in the forward line.


Carlton Blues

Current draft picks

12 (7 in Victoria), 28 (20), 36 (25)

Traded In

Maddy Guerin (Melbourne), Charlotte Hammans (Gold Coast), Elise O’Dea (Melbourne), pick 36

Traded Out

Jayde Van Dyk (St Kilda), Sarah Hosking (Richmond), pick 42, pick 56

Retirements

N/A

Delistings

Joanne Doonan, Katie Harrison, Sharni Whiting, Emerson Woods

Retained Players

Lauren Brazzale (2021), Alison Downie (2021), Jess Edwards (2021), Grace Egan (2022), Georgia Gee (2022), Serina Gibbs (2021), Kerryn Harrington (2022), Tayla Harris (2021), Jess Hosking (2021), Courtney Jones (2021), Vaomua Laloifi (2022), Katie Loynes (2021), Lucy McEvoy (2022), Abbie McKay (2021), Breann Moody (2022), Natalie Plane (2022), Madison Prespakis (2022), Gabriella Pound (2021), Nicola Stevens (2021), Brooke Vernon (2022), Darcy Vescio (2021), Brooke Walker (2021), Charlotte Wilson (2022)

*Chloe Dalton has signed on until 2022, but will miss the 2021 season due to the rescheduled Olympic Games.

Current Available List Spots: 4

Arguably the big winners of the trade period, losing a little to gain a lot. Charlotte Wilson’s growth in 2020 effectively made Jayde Van Dyk simply a depth player, but one who is too talented to be sitting on the sidelines. In turn, Van Dyk became a valuable trade option for the Blues. 

Effectively trading out Sarah Hosking for both Elise O’Dea and Maddy Guerin is the biggest bargain of the whole trade period. While losing Hosking’s outside pressure and aggression, Carlton’s deep list means others like Katie Loynes and Jess Hosking can pick up that slack. In return they’ve gained classy midfield assistance for Madison Prespakis in O’Dea and Guerin. Put simply, Carlton’s strong list has just been made stronger, while they still hold a high first round draft pick.

Added to this, their ability to lock away a host of young guns for the maximum two years allowed in the AFLW, namely Grace Egan, Lucy McEvoy, Charlotte Wilson, Georgia Gee and Madison Prespakis. It’s an ominous sign for the rest of the league, especially given the competitive nature of player movement between Victorian clubs.


Collingwood Magpies

Current draft picks

19 (12 in Victoria), 25 (17), 26 (18), 31 (21), 33 (22)

Traded In

Abbey Green (North Melbourne), Aliesha Newman (Melbourne), pick 18, pick 25, pick 31, pick 33

Traded Out

Sarah D’Arcy (Richmond), Sarah Dargan (Richmond), Katie Lynch (Western Bulldogs), pick 10, pick 40

Retirements

Kaila Bentvelzen, Emma Grant, Eliza Hynes, Machaelia Roberts

Delistings

Georgia Gourlay

Retained Players

Sophie Alexander, Jordyn Allen, Britt Bonnici, Ashleigh Brazill, Lauren Butler, Mikala Cann, Sophie Casey, Steph Chiocci, Brianna Davey, Erica Fowler, Jaimee Lambert, Sharni Layton, Stacey Livingstone, Jordan Membrey, Chloe Molloy, Ebony O’Dea, Alana Porter, Sarah Rowe, Ruby Schleicher, Aishling Sheridan, Maddie Shevlin, Kristy Stratton

*Imogen Purcell has also been signed as a Category B rookie

Current Available List Spots: 5

This trade period has been fairly even for Collingwood. For a side that desperately needs reliable forwards, however, the loss of Sarah D’Arcy certainly hurts.

Abbey Green is a fantastic inclusion, especially given the retirement of Eliza Hynes. Green can hit the scoreboard as well as impact in the ruck so will work beautifully with the much improved Sharni Layton.

Aliesha Newman was a foundation Demon and stamped her mark on the competition with her 2018 goal of the year. Synonymous with speed, Newman will be a great asset in balancing out the incredibly strong inside midfield Collingwood boasts.

Both of these players, however, will need a strong development and skills program to give the Pies their best


Fremantle Dockers

Current draft picks

14 (2 in Western Australia), 30 (4), 46 (6)

Related—Feature interview: Mim Strom & Trent Cooper

Traded In

Jess Trend (North Melbourne), pick 46

Traded Out

Tayla Bresland (West Coast), pick 44

Retirements

N/A

Delistings

Mia-Rae Clifford, Sarah Garstone, Lindal Rohde

*Kate Flood is unable to return for season 2021 due to personal reasons, but Fremantle is working with the AFL on ways to re-list her in the future

Retained Players

Ebony Antonio (2021), Kara Antonio (2021), Kiara Bowers (2021), Steph Cain (2021), Janelle Cuthbertson (2021), Sabreena Duffy (2021), Evie Gooch (2021), Katie-Jayne Grieve (2021), Gemma Houghton (2021), Leah Mascall (2021), Ann McMahon (2021), Hayley Miller (2022), Emma O’Driscoll (2021), Gabby O’Sullivan (2021), Laura Pugh (2021), Roxy Roux (2022), Matilda Sergeant (2021), Philipa Seth (2021), Ash Sharp (2021), Ange Stannett (2021), Jasmin Stewart (2021), Mim Strom (2022), Aine Tighe (2021), Bianca Webb (2021), Alex Williams (2021)

*Fremantle also signed Tarnee Tester as a free agent

Current Available List Spots: 3

The big win for Fremantle was their ability to retain almost all of their undefeated 2020 list, and signing young guns Hayley Miller, Roxy Roux and Mim Strom to two year deals.

The surprise inclusion of Jess Trend is the kind of classy addition other teams could only dream of. Yet to miss a game since her round one 2019 debut, Trend’s disposal efficiency improved by nearly 20% in 2020 and will add another layer of class to this Fremantle list. Able to play as a running half back or on the wing, her ball use will be a massive plus for the Dockers’ quick, outside game style feeding a stacked forward line.


Geelong Cats

Current draft picks

10, 20, 21, 27, 39

Traded In

Pick 10, pick 20, pick 27, pick 39

Traded Out

Pick 5, pick 35, pick 49

Retirements

Cassie Blakeway, Melissa Hickey, Anna Teague

Delistings

Gemma Wright

Retained Players

Maddy Boyd, Millie Brown, Rene Caris, Georgia Clarke, Richelle Cranston, Julia Crockett-Grills, Kate Darby, Renee Garing, Nicole Garner, Rebecca Goring, Danielle Higgins, Jordan Ivey, Madeline Keryk, Madisen McGuire, Amy McDonald, Meg McDonald, Maddy McMahon, Phoebe McWilliams, Nina Morrison, Aasta O’Connor, Olivia Purcell, Georgie Rankin, Mia Skinner, Denby Taylor, Sophie Van De Huevel, Rebecca Webster

Current Available List Spots: 4

The team whose win/loss record in 2020 least reflected their game day performance, Geelong largely maintaining their list is a positive. More important, however, will be their ability to minimise injuries to key players like Meg McDonald and Nina Morrison.

Melissa Hickey’s retirement is a loss, with her one-on-one ability key to much of Geelong’s defence this year, so they really need to find someone to step into that role. Whether it be through the draft or development of a retained player, this is a must for the Cats.


Gold Coast Suns

Current draft picks

7 (1 in Queensland), 23 (3), 56 (7)

Traded In

Alison Drennan (St Kilda), pick 56

Traded Out

Charlotte Hammans (Carlton), Taylor Smith (Brisbane), pick 37, pick 51

Retirements

N/A

Delistings

Georgia Breward, Alexia Hamilton, Maddy Roberts, Tayla Thorn, Kitara Whap-Farrar

Current Retained Players

Lauren Ahrens, Hannah Dunn, Tiarna Ernst, Cheyenne Hammond, Ellie Hampson, Dee Heslop, Kalinda Howarth, Brittany Perry, Jade Pregelj, Molly Ritson, Kate Surman, Serene Watson, Jacqui Yorston

Current Available List Spots: TBC

Alison Drennan is undoubtedly one of the most underrated players and leaders in the AFLW, so don’t underestimate how good this trade is for the Suns.

While their inaugural season was impressive and resulted in a finals appearance, Gold Coast was often caught in their defensive 50 with limited connection between their lock down backs and swift wings. A player like Drennan can greatly assist this connection, with hardness, agility and good ball use, she will compliment the way Gold Coast want to move the ball.


Greater Western Sydney Giants

Current draft picks

9, 29, 42, 53

Traded In

Katherine Smith (Melbourne)

Traded Out

Lisa Whiteley (Adelaide), pick 25

Retirements

Ellie Brush, Maggie Gorham, Ingrid Nielsen

*Amanda Farrugia retired prior to the 2020 season

Delistings

N/A

Related—Tait Mackrill on the AFLW benchmark rising, the Giants’ midfield depth and persistence

Current Retained Players

Jessica Allan (2021), Nicola Barr (2021), Rebecca Beeson (2022), Elle Bennetts (2021), Yvonne Bonner (2021), Jessica Dal Pos (2021), Taylah Davies (2021), Alicia Eva (2022), Georgia Garnett (2021), Emily Goodsir (2021), Sarah Halvorsen (2021), Tanya Hetherington (2021), Jodie Hicks (2021), Annalyse Lister (2021), Tait Mackrill (2022), Erin McKinnon (2021), Alyce Parker (2022), Rebecca Privitelli (2022), Aimee Schmidt (2021), Cora Staunton (2021), Lisa Steane (2021), Louise Stephenson (2022), Britt Tully (2021), Pepa Randall (2022), Haneen Zreika (2021)

Current Available List Spots: 4

Bringing in Kat Smith for pick 39 is a bargain—Smith’s ACL recovery and all. The question, however, is why the Giants continue to target similar players when they’re desperate for outside runners and marking forwards. 

Smith is a small, tough, lockdown defender with exceptional skills and can be relied upon to tag through the midfield when necessary. She also brings a lot of onfield leadership. With a glut of strong inside midfielders of the same vein—so many so that Jess Dal Pos was often forced onto the half back line numerous times this year—the Giants’ balance between outside strength and outside run is still presenting as a problem.


Melbourne Demons

Current draft picks

5 (3 in Victoria), 15 (9), 17 (11), 35 (24), 41 (28), 49, 55

Traded In

Pick 5, pick 15, pick 17, pick 35, pick 49

Traded Out

Harriet Cordner (Richmond), Maddy Guerin (Carlton), Bianca Jakobsson (St Kilda), Aliesha Newman (Collingwood), Elise O’Dea (Carlton), Katherine Smith (GWS Giants)

Retirements

N/A

Delistings

Ainslie Kemp

Current Retained Players

Libby Birch (2022), Gabrielle Colvin (2021), Tegan Cunningham (2021), Meg Downie (2021), Chantal Emonson (2022), Maddi Gay (2022), Sinead Goldrick (2021), Tyla Hanks (2022), Shelley Heath (2022), Kate Hore (2022), Sarah Lampard (2021), Niamh McEvoy (2021), Lily Mithen (2022), Jacqui Parry (2021), Karen Paxman (2021), Daisy Pearce (2021), Lauren Pearce (2021), Krstel Petrevski (2021), Shelley Scott (2021), Casey Sherriff (2022), Shae Sloane (2021), Brenna Tarrant (2021), Eden Zanker (2022)

Current Available List Spots: 7

Melbourne certainly takes the crown for most active club throughout this year’s trade period. From the outset they were clear that they wanted to improve their draft hand given the strength of Victoria’s talent pool this year, and the age profile of their 2020 list.

This, however, still proved tough on Dees fans as they watched Cordner, O’Dea, Guerin, Newman, Smith and Jakobsson moved on. The packaging of O’Dea and Guerin to Carlton for just pick 15 certainly felt like Melbourne was having a flash sale. There is now immense pressure on Melbourne to get their draft selections right.

While Maddi Gay, Tyla Hanks and Lily Mithen can certainly cover the midfield hole left by O’Dea, concerns do arise around their tall depth. Cordner played such a key role covering Lauren Pearce in the ruck and Meg Downie in defence when both missed large portions of the season. The reliance on Eden Zanker has grown exponentially.

The highlight, however, was the mass re-signing of other key players and in particular the two year contracts to young guns Birch, Emonson, Gay, Hanks, Heath, Hore, Mithen, Sherriff and Zanker. This group of nine forms a strong spine.

The announcement that both Irish recruits Sinead Goldrick and Niamh McEvoy will return is also a positive given their impact this year.


North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos

Current draft picks

13 (8 in Victoria), 22 (15), 44 (30), 50

Traded In

Grace Campbell (Richmond), pick 22, pick 44

Traded Out

Abbey Green (Collingwood), Jess Trend (Fremantle), pick 29, pick 43

Retirements

Taylor Mesiti

Delistings

Chloe Haines, Libby Haines, Emma Humphries, Mairead Seoighe

Current Retained Players

Sophie Abbatangelo (2022), Kaitlyn Ashmore (2022), Daria Bannister (2021), Daisy Bateman (2021), Nicole Bresnehan (2021), Jenna Bruton (2022), Jess Duffin (2021), Jasmine Garner (2022), Ellie Gavalas (2022), Brittany Gibson (2021), Kate Gillespie-Jones (2021), Aileen Gilroy (2021), Jasmine Grierson (2022), Danielle Hardiman (2021), Emma Kearney (2021), Elisha King (2021), Emma King (2022), Mia King (2022), Beth Lynch (2021), Tahni Nestor (2021), Talia Randall (2022), Ash Riddell (2022), Vivien Saad (2022), Sarah Wright (2022)

Current Available List Spots: 5

The movement of Grace Campbell took much of the AFLW world by surprise, and will undoubtedly impact how the Roos line up in 2021. With an already stacked midfield, it’s fair to question what sort of positional changes existing players will experience. We saw Jasmine Garner leap into ‘best player’ contention with her move to the midfield in 2020, but could she be pushed to the wing or half forward thanks to this midfield depth?

Campbell’s hardness and defensive pressure is fantastic, but her efforts won’t quite cover the loss of Jess Trend—the other trade that seemingly came from nowhere—whose bounce out of half back has been great support for the Roos’ midfield for two years.

One could assume that Vivien Saad’s elevation on the eve of the 2020 season and impressive performance in both the ruck and forward line effectively left Abbey Green as a depth player who understandably moved on for more opportunity.

The Kangaroos have come out of this trade period losing just one core player—Jess Trend—but the big question hanging over this side is whether their new coach Darren Crocker can make the most of this list like Scott Gowans was able to do for two seasons.


Richmond Tigers

Current draft picks

1 (1 in Victoria), 43 (29), 59

*Richmond have also stated that they will receive a second priority pick from the AFL ahead of the draft. 

Traded In

Harriet Cordner (Melbourne), Sarah D’Arcy (Collingwood), Sarah Dargan (Collingwood), Sarah Hosking (Carlton), pick 43

Traded Out

Grace Campbell (North Melbourne), pick 15 (priority pick), pick 31, pick 45

Retirements

Laura Bailey, Lauren Tesoriero, Ella Wood

Delistings

Nakaela Butler, Emma Horne, Ciara Fitzpatrick

Current Retained Players

Christina Bernardi (2021), Madison Brancatisano (2021), Katie Brennan (2021), Hannah Burchell (2021), Akec Makur Chuot (2021), Monique Conti (2021), Kate Dempsey (2021), Alice Edmonds (2021), Sabrina Frederick (2021), Emma Harley (2021), Kodi Jacques (2022), Laura McClelland (2022), Rebecca Miller (2021), Sophie Molan (2022), Phoebe Monahan (2021), Iilish Ross (2021), Sarah Sansonetti (2022), Cleo Saxon-Jones (2021), Gabby Seymour (2022)^, Tayla Stahl (2021), Courtney Wakefield (2021), Holly Whitford (2021), Alana Woodward (2021)

^also elevated from the rookie list

Current Available List Spots: 3

Richmond really needed to target reliable role players and mature players, and they certainly achieved this. Sarah Hosking adds a hardness to their midfield, and while not the most efficient ball user, has proven to be a great support to a strong midfield across her career at Carlton.

Sarah D’Arcy is known as a forward, but certainly has the potential to split her time between the midfield and forward lines, which would allow the likes of Brennan, Wakefield and Frederick to keep a structure up forward for larger portions of the game.

Sarah Dargan is another midfield support, and Harriet Cordner proved her versatility this year, covering for injured players in both the ruck and defensive lines. 

The concerns around the loss of Grace Campbell is somewhat minimised with their recruitment of a number of midfielders, but it will still be felt as she, Conti and Monahan were the Tigers’ three best players in 2020.

Richmond are still yet to appoint a coach for 2021, and while Scott Gowans seems the obvious choice, all reports indicate they will appoint someone already at the club.


St Kilda Saints

Current draft pick

6 (4 in Victoria), 24 (16), 34 (23), 40 (27), 57

Traded In

Bianca Jakobsson (Melbourne), Jayde Van Dyk (Carlton), pick 24, pick 34

Traded Out

Alison Drennan (Gold Coast), Jess Sedunary (Adelaide), pick 22, pick 36

Retirements

Emma Mackie, Courteney Munn

Delistings

Sammie Johnson, Melissa Kuys, Kelly O’Neill

Current Retained Players

Alison Brown, Rosie Dillon, Nat Exon, Clara Fitzpatrick, Caitlin Greiser, Darcy Guttridge, Selena Karlson, Poppy Kelly, Tilly Lucas-Rodd, Tamara Luke, Kate McCarthy, Molly McDonald, Georgia Patrikios, Catherine Phillips, Hannah Priest, Isabella Shannon, Kate Shierlaw, Olivia Vesely, Nadia von Bertouch, Rhiannon Watt, Tarni White, Claudia Whitfort, Nicola Xenos

Related—Kate Shierlaw on the St Kilda captaincy, Peta Searle and a team of role players

Current Available List Spots: 5

The Saints have, somewhat quietly, done very, very well in their first trade period. The loss of Alison Drennan and Jess Sedunary—while not small—are balanced out by the inclusion of Jakobsson and Van Dyk.

Bianca Jakobsson is a reliable winger who can also play in defence. Her marking ability will be a genuine asset for the Saints as they look to improve their movement out of the back line.

Jayde Van Dyk is another really positive addition. From Paddy Hill’s Hawthorn VFLW premiership contingent, the defender is reuniting with a number of her teammates. She’ll no doubt hit the ground running with that chemistry she already has with her new Saints team. Injuries prevented her from really hitting the park this year, but Van Dyk is an impressive defender that will fill the hole created by Drennan’s trade.

The Saints’ list is one of the most exciting groups of young talent in the country, and they’ll look to add another handful from the strong Victorian draft pool, so underestimate them at your peril.


West Coast Eagles

Current draft picks

3 (1 in Western Australia), 18 (3), 32 (5)

Traded In

Tayla Bresland (Fremantle), Aisling McCarthy (Western Bulldogs), pick 3

Traded Out

Pick 2, pick 16 (priority), pick 46, 4th rounder

Retirements

Emily Bonser, Talia Radan

Delistings

Kate Bartlett, Cassie Davidson, Emily McGuire, Danica Pisconeri, Tarnee Tester

Current Retained Players

Ashlee Atkins (2021), Mikayla Bowen, Hayley Bullas, Mhicca Carter (2021)^, Imahra Cameron, Melissa Caulfield (2021), Maddy Collier (2021), Beatrice Devlyn (2021), McKenzie Dowrick (2021), Kellie Gibson (2021), Brianna Green (2021), Courtney Guard (2021), Ashton Hill (2021), Dana Hooker (2023), Alicia Janz (2021), Grace Kelly (2021), Niamh Kelly (2021), Parris Laurie (2022), Sophie McDonald (2021), Kate Orme (2021), Chantella Perera (2021), Belinda Smith (2022), Emma Swanson (2021)

Current Available List Spots: 5

The big win for the Eagles is the addition of Aisling McCarthy from the Bulldogs. McCarthy had a stellar 2020 and her outside run is the perfect compliment to the Eagles’ strong inside midfield brigade of Dana Hooker, Emma Swanson and Imahra Cameron.

The delisting of McGuire and Pisconeri leaves Grace Kelly as the only real key forward on their list as it stands. While Alicia Janz’s expected return from injury will provide more tall flexibility, West Coast will need to target tall forwards in the draft.


Western Bulldogs

Current draft picks

2 (2 in Victoria), 11 (6), 16 (10)

Traded In

Katie Lynch (Collingwood), pick 2, pick 16, pick 25

Traded Out

Aisling McCarthy (West Coast), Hannah Munyard (Adelaide), pick 3, pick 33

Retirements

Nicole Callinan

*Aisling Utri also retired before the 2020 season

Delistings

N/A

Current Retained Players

Deanna Berry (2021), Ellie Blackburn (2021), Eleanor Brown (2021), Naomi Ferres (2021), Ellyse Gamble (2021), Elisabeth Georgostathis (2021), Angelica Gogos (2021), Isabella Grant (2021), Ashleigh Guest (2021), Brittany Gutknecht (2021), Katy Herron (2021), Bailey Hunt (2021), Isabel Huntington (2021), Gemma Lagioia (2021), Kirsty Lamb (2021), Brooke Lochland (2021), Danielle Marshall (2021), Kirsten McLeod (2021), Celine Moody (2021), Nell Morris-Dalton (2021), Gabby Newton (2021), Kim Rennie (2021), Hannah Scott (2021), Lauren Spark (2021), Bonnie Toogood (2021), Amelia van Oosterwijck (2021)

Current Available List Spots: 3

It was somewhat surprising to see the Dogs not target some more midfield depth throughout this trade period. The loss of Aisling McCarthy adds more pressure to Kirsten McLeod, too.

Katie Lynch has a tonne of potential that requires some nurturing to make the most of. She can take strong marks, but often struggles to follow up with her kicking when playing forward, and at times has trouble getting into games. Nathan Burke’s ability to develop young talent, and the raw talent across the Dogs’ young list is exciting for the long term growth of the Western Bulldogs, it just may still be another year away.

The AFLW Signing period continues until August 21st, whereby clubs can also sign delisted free agents. The draft date is yet to be confirmed, but is expected in early October.

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