With no AFLW trades made on Wednesday, attention turned to players who were putting pen to paper with their clubs, and those who are yet to do so.
An announcement late on Wednesday by the Brisbane Lions about who had re-signed with the club ended up leaving more questions than answers.
Those who did put pen to paper for the Lions included one of last year’s marquees in Sabrina Frederick-Traub, captain Emma Zielke, plus members of the Grand Final team Alexandra Anderson, Brittany Gibson, Breanna Koenen, Tahlia Randall, Jamie Stanton, Sharni Webb and Jessica Wuetschner.
As anticipated, Tayla Harris was not named as one of those who signed a contract to play with Brisbane in 2018.
But what came as a surprise was the omission of last year’s priority signing from Melbourne University, Kaitlyn Ashmore, who was also not amongst those named.
News of Ashmore not yet signing opens up a number of possibilities.
The 25-year-old, who spoke positively of her time at the Lions, may be awaiting the outcome of the Tayla Harris situation.
Should the star forward leave, Ashmore may see an upgrade in her contract offering to a tier one level – or what was previously known as a marquee contract.
On the other hand, the Ballarat speedster might be entertaining offers from Victorian clubs, with the most likely suitor being Collingwood.
The Magpies are on the lookout for a ball carrier who can improve their delivery into the forward 50.
With NewsCorp’s speculation that Moana Hope might be offered a downgraded contract, a tier one contract might be on offer from the black and white.
More money and a chance to stay in her home state, especially after just graduating from Federation University, would be a very tempting proposition for Ashmore to consider.
The Pies would also not have to trade to gain the former javelin thrower.
Considering the Bulldogs are focusing on getting a key forward with pick one – either Tayla Harris or up-and-comer Chloe Molloy – the next two Victorian picks belong to Collingwood.
On the Magpies, captain Steph Chiocci, West Australian Ruby Schleicher and current Box Hill VFLW captain Melissa Kuys have signed on for another AFLW season in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, as predicted yesterday by Girls Play Footy, Melbourne’s Women’s Football Operations Manager, Debbie Lee told the Demons website that she didn’t expect many changes to be made to her club’s squad for the 2018 AFLW season.
“It’s hard to know how many trades will happen at this given point,” Lee said.
“We’re really happy with how our team is and our squad is, but we have to be diligent and have a responsibility to have a look [at a potential trade], if something has been put on the table for us to have a look at it.
“We need to review it and see if it does fit in our team structure, but at the moment, there is not going to be much movement from the Melbourne footy club. We’re really pleased with the players we’ve got and also what they were able to produce this year.”
What is known is that the Demons are on the hunt for a tall defender, but appear to be waiting until the draft rolls around in October to make their move.
One player that will be front of mind include Diamond Creek’s 2012 VWFL premiership fullback Tanya Hetherington, who has just return from a year off with a knee injury.
Michelle Goodwin’s name should now also be on the radar after being named in the Seaford Tigerette’s best players two weeks in a row.
Collingwood’s Penny Cula-Reid might have been a potential target for Melbourne, but with fellow defender Nicola Stevens headed to Carlton, the St Kilda Sharks fullback’s services will surely now be in greater demand at the Magpies.
Speaking of defenders, former basketballer with the Geelong Supercats, Anna Teague is expected to be scooped up as a rookie signing after being named in the best players for the Geelong VFLW side in her first two matches.
In late trade rumours, NewsCorp is reporting Alicia Eva wants out of the Magpies and is assessing her options, also claiming the GWS Giants are potentially in the mix to recruit her.
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