The 20-year-old forward spoke to 20FOUR about her move to Carlton as speculation grew around why she made the decision to leave her home state.

One of two marquee players at the Lions, Harris had a standout year in the inaugural AFLW season. 

In round two, she was nominated for the league rising star award after kicking two goals, making 12 disposals and seven marks against Fremantle.

Harris was even selected in the 2017 All-Australian team.

So it came as a shock when she expressed she wanted to leave in favour of a move to Victoria. 

Harris was involved in a complex trade which saw Carlton forced to trade three players to acquire Harris. 

Rookie Nat Exon and teenager Bella Ayre are heading to the Lions and Blues’ No.1 draft pick from last season, Bianca Jakobsson, is now a Demon.

Harris had been unhappy in Brisbane. 

She'd turn up to training and not be in a great mood and that mood would be there for the whole session. 

"I think the fact I've changed my environment, I have a whole new mindset on everything," Harris said.

"So when I walk into the club I'm already excited to be there.

The Lions had a chilled vibe to their club culture, and while Harris liked that, she now enjoys the professionalism Carlton have brought to their AFLW. 

It was a hard decision for her to make.

"I don't like disappointing people, I don't like causing a scene," Harris said. 

One of the hardest moments was when she had to tell Lions coach Craig Starevich, she was leaving the club. 

“I really appreciate everything they’ve done for me, especially Craig.

"He’s been so supportive. He was one of the first people to message me and say congratulations," she told the Herald Sun in May 2017.

Carlton will face Collingwood in the opening game of the 2018 AFLW season, which kicks off on February 2.