It was a Wednesday full of mixed emotions as the third day of the 2019 AFLW Sign and Trade period came to an end.
The Dockers saw captain Kara Donnellan re-sign alongside 2019 Fairest and Best winner Kiara Bowers, 2018 Fairest and Best winner Ebony Antonio, Gabby O’Sullivan and Evie Gooch.
The focus for the club has been about retaining players ahead of the 2020 so they can build on their achievements from this season, where the club made its maiden finals appearance.
“We had a really great season but we’re ready to go again, we’re really hungry, we know what it feels like to lose that prelim and we don’t want to feel that again,” Donnellan said.
“I feel we’ve built something really strong this season. We brought in 11 new players that have brought just so much energy, they’re all individual characters that bring their own strengths to the group.
“I’m really hopeful that we’ll keep a lot of those girls around so we can continue to build on what we’ve started and we’ll be looking to hit the ground running for pre-season in November.”
However, the club lost midfielder Dana Hooker to new West Australian side West Coast.
The Saints have welcomed Darcy Guttridge to their AFLW ranks.
The Gippsland product has spent the past two seasons with Collingwood before signing her new contract with the Saints.
The now 19-year-old was sidelined for the 2018 AFLW season with a broken
A broken collarbone kept her out of the 2018 AFLW season, but Guttridge says the ups and downs of footy have only made her stronger. The 19-year-old also moved from the backline to the forward line in 2019, proving her versatility.
“It was fun making people accountable for once rather than me being accountable for my player,” Guttridge said.
“I found it really fun bringing defensive pressure up forward. I’ve really enjoyed my time there.”