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Chelsea Randall and Sarah Perkins have re-committed to the Club

We have such a special bond I think we’re such a special group… I wanted to stay together and get back with the sisters.

Crows AFL Women’s premiership stars Chelsea Randall and Sarah Perkins are more than happy to call Adelaide home.

The interstate signings were the first to re-commit to the Club on Friday for AFLW Season 2018.

The All Australian duo played a key role in Adelaide’s inaugural AFL Women’s flag. Co-captain Randall earned the first AFLW Players' Most Courageous Award while Perkins topped the Club’s goalkicking tally with 11 majors through the home and away season.

West Australian Randall, who works in the Club’s Community Programs team, said she had no hesitations in signing on with the Crows.

“I love this football club, I love our fans and I’m just so happy to be back,” Randall said.

“I’m pumped to be part of this wonderful club and cheer on our fellas this season and then we get to kick-start it once more.

“I can’t wait for the 2018 season to kick off.”

Perkins, who signed with the Club as a Free Agent in October last year, said the connection among the players made it an easy decision to stay in SA.

“I’m super happy to be on board again with the Crows,” Perkins said.

“I’m really happy here in Adelaide and things turned out amazingly for me at the start of this year with the Club.

“We have such a special bond I think we’re such a special group… I wanted to stay together and get back with the sisters.”

The AFLW Sign and Trade Period is open until next Friday, May 26. All players signed a one-year contract for the inaugural 2017 season, meaning clubs must re-sign, trade or release every member of their current squad.

Randall isn’t expecting too many surprises before next week’s deadline.

“I don’t think we’ll see too much movement of players, purely because we’re still not full-time footballers,” Randall said.

“People have full-time jobs and families to think about as well before they make those decisions about moving interstate.”

Perkins is continuing her rehabilitation from post-season ankle surgery but has already started training with her local aligned club Port Adelaide in the Adelaide Footy Women’s League, which begins next Sunday.

The goalkicker said the Crows would have to lift their game to another level to defend their AFLW title next season.

“Back-to-back would be the dream, but we’ve got to go away and work hard on our own and get better for season two,” Perkins said.

“Everyone’s seen us play now and they’ve played against us once, so there’s plenty of footage of us.

“We’ve got to go away as a group and grow together but grow individually as well.”