It was reported earlier this month by multiple outlets that Richmond was looking to sign the 19-year-old Western Bulldogs player.

However, after the AFLW announced the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft list, the Bulldogs moved quickly to secure the best deal. 

The Western Bulldogs received the number one pick in the Draft in a trade deal with Richmond for Conti. 

The trade deal came about due to the fact that four players (the maximum) had already departed the Bulldogs for expansion clubs. 

Under AFLW expansion and list build rules, this meant the dual code player could only move to her club of choice via a trade deal. 

“Naturally, we were disappointed with Monique’s decision after providing her with two years of AFLW football development, including supporting her with an opportunity to continue to pursue her basketball commitments during the winter and summer periods," Bulldogs General Manager of Women’s Football Debbie Lee said.

“However, this trade deal will now provide us with access to the best player in what is now a National Draft.  Combined with the players we have already retained, we are in a strong position to add further talent to our list for next season.”

Conti played 15 games and kicked four goals over two seasons with the Bulldogs and was part of the 2018 premiership team.

"To sign as one of Richmond's first AFLW players is very exciting for me, it's going to be a good journey ahead so I can't wait to be part of the inaugural AFLW team," she said.

The Bulldogs also announced today that Angelica Gogos and Elyse Gamble have recommitted to the Club for a further year.