A host of Adelaide AFLW players are set to feature in the opening five rounds of the SANFLW League this season.
As part of their off-season training, up to 10 players will train and play with their SANFLW club, pending their AFLW commitments and injury status.
Players who already had a previous alignment to a SANFLW club will automatically return to that club, including premiership Tigers Sarah Goodwin and Brooke Tonon.
Najwa Allen, who missed seven AFLW games last season through injury and suspension, will line up for Norwood, while Keeley Kustermann will go back to West Adelaide.
New draftee Brooke Boileau will be joined by small forward Jess Waterhouse at South Adelaide, while Taylah Levy will line up for the Eagles.
The SANFLW Mini-Draft was held on Tuesday, with interstate AFLW-listed recruits allocated to a SANFL club.
With the first pick, West Adelaide selected 19-year-old Brooke Smith who made her AFLW debut in Round 10 last season.
Adelaide’s latest draftees Lily Tarlinton and Tamara Henry will line up for Woodville-West Torrens and North Adelaide, respectively.
New Irish recruit Amy-Boyle Carr was selected by Sturt, however won’t arrive in Australia until after the SANFLW season has concluded.
Adelaide Head of Women’s Football Phil Harper said the players would benefit from training and playing with their SANFLW club.
“There is a big break between seasons, so for some of our players it’s an important part of their off-season programs,” Harper said.
“Some players didn’t play an entire season last year, so for them to get some game time is great preparation heading into pre-season.
“It’s fantastic for our players to have the support of the SANFLW and its clubs and to be able to play in such a strong competition.”
The SANFLW season kicks off on Friday, March 1.