Three-time Premiership player Justine Mules has informed the Crows of her decision to join a rival club.

The 27-year-old forward / winger was selected in the 2016 AFLW Draft and has since played 49 games, including Adelaide’s 2017, 2019 and 2022 Grand Final triumphs.

She was also crowned the Club’s Best Defensive Player in 2020.

Crows Women’s Head of Football Phil Harper thanked Mules for her significant contribution to the strong culture both on and off the field at West Lakes.

“It is obviously disappointing to lose someone like Justine who has been such a strong contributor for us on the field,” Harper said.

“She’s been a popular member of our squad and played an integral role in laying the foundations for our women’s team and playing in all three of our Club’s Premierships. We will miss her infectious smile and vibrant personality around our Club.

“However, having four more teams enter the competition next season – a move that our Club supported –meant that there was always going to be some player movement and these types of scenarios.

“As a Club, we are proud to have helped and been part of the growth of women’s football, particularly here in South Australia, to this point.”

Harper said the Club was in constant discussions with players and their managers ahead of the upcoming sign and trade period, with the League soon to announce dates.

He added that the vast majority of Adelaide’s Premiership group had verbally committed to remaining at West Lakes next season.

“We know that creating a winning culture goes a long way to retaining the core of your list and we have been able to consistently do that over the past six seasons,” Harper said.

“The Club is working with our players and we believe our list management strategy will continue to deliver sustained on-field success.”