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AFLW: Trade Wrap and Sign

Ahead of Monday night’s AFLW Draft, the West Coast Eagles had a busy Sign and Trade period, adding some top players and strengthening their draft position.

After striking a trade agreement with Fremantle, West Coast acquired talented forward Roxy Roux and obtained a second-round draft selection.

Aisling McCarthy, a midfielder, was traded to the Dockers in exchange for Roux and the 27th pick in the 2023 draft.

The 22-year-old Dongara product is a League fan favorite and an adrenaline machine. Her spectacular marksmanship and knack for hitting the scoreboard will have the fans on the edge of their seats.

After a trade with Gold Coast, the Eagles also acquired seasoned midfielder Alison Drennan.

The Eagles acquired the 32-year-old in return for pick 27, which West Coast acquired from Fremantle as a condition of the Roux trade.

Drennan maintained her strong form following her breakthrough season in 2021, winning the AFLW Club Champion title for the Suns in season six and placing second in season seven.

West Coast also secured the selection 24 and the developing defender Annabel Johnson through a three-way deal with Geelong and Brisbane.

Shanae Davison and Eleanor Hartill were sent to Brisbane by the Eagles as part of the three-way trade.

Johnson’s experience playing soccer has helped her in her football career. She can read a play better than nearly any other player in the league, and the Eagles will be glad to have her on the backline.

On the final day of the trade window, an 11-club megadeal was finalized, giving the Eagles even more strength in their draft position.

The Eagles gave up picks 23 (Melbourne) and 24 (Port Adelaide) in the intricate 11-club transaction, receiving selections 14 and 38 from Gold Coast in exchange.

The Eagles added another coup for the team when they acquired free agent utility Jess Hosking, a former Richmond player.

Hosking is a resilient and adaptable player who can operate in the middle, on the wing, and as a downback. Her characteristic is her tireless play around the battle and her crushing tackles.

On Monday night, West Coast will bring 2, 14, 38, and 42 to the draft table after a fruitful Sign and Trade session.

Michelle Cowan, the head of women’s football, stated that the team is content with their standing going into the draft.

Cowan stated, “We are really happy with how this Sign and Trade period has transpired.”

“It gives us a really strong presence at the draft on Monday, and we’ve welcomed in some great players in Roxy, Jess, Bel, and Ali with AFLW experience.”

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