Recap | 2023 AFLW Priority Signing Period
YESTERDAY saw the much talked about AFL Women’s Priority Signing Period (PSP) come to a conclusion, with a total of eight players finding new homes during the window.
The PSP was designed to give the four newest AFLW clubs – Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Sydney – a chance to sign some more experience players from more established teams, with anyone who has played at least three seasons able to move.
All four teams signed at least one player during the window, with some managing more coups than others.
Essendon signed only one player, with former Roo Brooke Brown jetting across to the Hangar. The key defender has only played 24 games, but will be a crucial cog in the Bombers’ defence, and improve what was largely seen as their biggest area of weakness in 2022.
Hawthorn was potentially the biggest winner out of the period, with a pair of premiership Lions now set to don the brown and gold.
The 2022 W Medallist Emily Bates and gun forward Greta Bodey have both traded Springfield for Waverley, and promise to be influential additions to the Hawks’ side next season.
Port Adelaide, another big winner, picked up three players. One was via a special concession only Port got to enjoy, making their haul the largest of the lot.
Under a rule that saw Port allowed to sign one underage talent to their list for next season, the Power chose to take Glenelg ruck Matilda Scholz.
Port also picked up two players from rival clubs, with former Crow Ashleigh Woodland and former Docker Janelle Cuthbertson both choosing to head to Alberton.
Sydney also picked up two players, with the Swans targeting younger, but just as exciting stars.
Former number two draft pick and versatile Blue Lucy McEvoy, as well as former Collingwood midfielder/forward Chloe Molloy have both sensationally left their Victorian clubs and will head to the Harbour City for next season and beyond.
Next up is the Sign and Trade Period, which commences tomorrow and finishes at 5pm on March 20.