Swanson has returned to Western Australia on a two-year deal with the new AFLW club after spending three years with Greater Western Sydney Giants, where she served as the club’s vice-captain in its foundation season.

The midfielder is originally from Mandurah, Western Australia and played state league football for the Peel Thunderbirds and East Fremantle in the West Australian Women's Football League (WAWFL).

West Coast Eagles head of female football Adam Selwood said he was delighted to secure Swanson’s signature.

“She is another fantastic character that can help lead this group. She’s someone that has strong morals, values and high work ethic," he said.

“Emma was highly valued at the Giants and won the coaches award this year. We know the type of person that we are bringing and we’re rapt.”

Currently, Swanson is rehabbing after shoulder surgery.

She injured her shoulder during the second round clash against North Melbourne when she landed awkwardly with scans revealing the damage was more significant than first expected.

Despite only inking her contract this week, the 24-year-old already feels part of the Eagles family.

“As a player, I just like to be a really hard worker and again just get around the girls and lead from the front,” Swanson said.