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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03:  Ruth Wallace of the Adelaide Crows heads for goal during the round five AFLW match between the Adelaide Crows and the Carlton Blues at Norwood Oval on March 3, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images/AFL Media)

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03: Ruth Wallace of the Adelaide Crows heads for goal during the round five AFLW match between the Adelaide Crows and the Carlton Blues at Norwood Oval on March 3, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images/AFL Media)

Adelaide has made several changes to its AFLW list with ruck Jess Allan and forward Ruth Wallace released from their contracts and midfielder Sophie Li joining the Crows from Carlton.

19-year-old Allan, who was selected by the Crows at pick No.8 in the 2017 AFLW Draft, has informed the Club she will not be able to play for the 2019 season as she pursues her dream to join the Australian Army.

The younger sister of Crows premiership player Sarah Allan has accepted an Army position which requires her to complete three months of intensive training and doesn’t permit her to play on weekends.

Wallace, a former soccer player with Adelaide United who was selected by the Crows at pick No. 38 in the 2017 AFLW Draft, has decided to take some time away from the game for personal reasons.

The 25-year-old will be placed on the ‘inactive’ list with Allan and Adelaide will have first access to re-list both players should they wish to resume their AFLW careers in the future.

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Originally from Adelaide, Li will join the Crows list as compensation for the loss of Wallace and Allan.

The 30-year-old is returning home to recommence her career as a paramedic for SA Ambulance.

Recognising her work circumstances, Carlton has released Li and will receive a round 4 draft pick (No. 42) in return.

The Crows will also receive a round 5 draft pick (No. 53) as compensation.

Crows General Manager Football Administration Phil Harper said the Club was understanding of Wallace and Allan’s decisions.

“We have been working closely with Ruth in recent months as she navigates some issues in her personal life. Her welfare is our chief priority and we will continue to support her as she has a break from football,” Harper said.

“We are also fully supportive of Jess’ choice to pursue her dream of a position with the Australian Army and we wish her all the best with her training.

“We hope to see both players resume their AFLW careers at the Club in the near future.”

Li was drafted to Carlton from Norwood’s SANFLW team with pick No.28 in the 2017 AFLW Draft after being named best on ground in the Club’s 2017 Grand Final win over North Adelaide.

At Norwood she finished runner-up in the inaugural (2017) SANFLW Best and Fairest and she has also won a premiership with Adelaide University.

Known for her clean skills and clever play around stoppages, Li played all seven games for Carlton in the 2018 AFLW season.

Harper welcomed Li to the football club.

“Sophie is a talented midfielder who can also play forward so we’re thrilled to have her join our list,” Harper said.

“She is an excellent athlete with great endurance and speed and we can’t wait to see what she adds to our midfield.”

AFLW clubs can sign a total of 30 players for the 2019 season, with lists to be finalised following the draft on October 23. The Crows currently have picks 8, 30, 37, 41, 48 and 53.

Clubs can also sign two rookies next season but both must be from other sports.

Currently, AFLW clubs can only contract players on a season-by-season basis.

Crows 2019 AFLW list (22):

  • Sarah Allan
  • Dayna Cox
  • Courtney Cramey
  • Angela Foley
  • Renee Forth
  • Anne Hatchard
  • Jasmyn Hewett
  • Eloise Jones
  • Sophie Li
  • Rheanne Lugg
  • Ebony Marinoff
  • Jenna McCormick
  • Rhiannon Metcalfe
  • Justine Mules
  • Sarah Perkins
  • Erin Phillips
  • Marijana Rajcic
  • Chelsea Randall
  • Sally Riley
  • Jess Sedunary
  • Stevie-Lee Thompson
  • Deni Varnhagen