The AFLW Sign and Trade Period has reached its conclusion, with Richmond securing the talents of four new Tigers.
It was a busy start for Richmond, who welcomed midfielder Sarah Hosking in the first deal of the trade period last Monday.
The first of three Sarahs added to the Tigers’ list, the former Blue arrived at Tigerland in exchange for pick 15, Richmond’s end of first-round compensation pick which had to be traded for ready-made talent.
Day two involved a complex three-way trade with Melbourne and Collingwood which resulted in three players crossing over to Richmond, Magpie duo Sarah D’Arcy and Sarah Dargan, and Demon Harriet Cordner.
The Tigers traded draft picks 17, 31 and 45 in exchange for the trio, while gaining pick 43 in a separate trade with North Melbourne in exchange for Grace Campbell.
Richmond’s Head of Women’s Football Kate Sheahan was delighted the Tigers had achieved their goal of adding experience to their 2021 list.
‘We’re extremely excited with the talent that’s coming into the program and it’s been great that we could spread it across the park,” Sheahan said.
Sixteen inaugural Tigers also recommitted to the Club throughout the Sign and Trade Period, making it a total of 27 players now locked in for 2021.
The Club has informed players Ciara Fitzgerald, Nekaela Butler and Emma Horne they will not be offered contracts for the 2021 season.
Sheahan thanked all three players for their commitment to the Tigers’ inaugural AFLW season.
“On behalf of everyone at Richmond, I would like to thank Ciara, Nekaela and Emma for their contributions to our Club,” Sheahan said.
“We wish them all the best for their future endeavours.”
Richmond also bids farewell to Lauren Tesoriero, Laura Bailey and Ella Wood, who have announced their retirements.
The Tigers currently hold selections No. 1 and 43 in the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft, and will be allocated an additional pick when the order is confirmed on Friday, August 21.
“We think the top five girls in this year’s draft are a pretty good bunch, so we weren’t prepared to overlook that opportunity to take the best talent in the country (with pick No. 1),” Sheahan said.
“We’re looking for someone who is essentially ready-made, who can step into our team and have an impact.”
The Club is yet to appoint its 2021 AFLW senior coach.
“We’re going through a thorough process to identify the right candidate for the role,” Sheahan said.
Confirmed 2021 AFLW Tigers:
Akec Makur Chuot