Adelaide’s AFLW team have signed SANFLW players Czenya Cavouras and Rachelle Martin to train full-time with the side for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Recently, the AFL adopted a new rule allowing clubs who have players ruled out for the season to sign replacement players to train with them full-time.

However, they will not be available for selection unless the side has only 22 fit players left.

Cavouras and Martin are no strangers to the group, having trained once a week at West Lakes across the pre-season.

Both players also featured in Adelaide’s match simulation against the GWS Giants at Richmond Oval earlier this month.

A two-time premiership player in the SANFLW with South Adelaide, Cavouras is a powerful midfielder with speed and a fierce tackle.

Martin – the younger sister of premiership Crow Hannah Button, who is currently on Adelaide’s inactive list with an ACL injury – is an inside midfielder who was named the 2017 Dutschke Medallist.

Rachelle Martin playing in the midfield in match simulation

Crows General Manager Football Administration Phil Harper said the Club was pleased the AFL had allowed these players to train full-time with the squad.

“Should they be called upon to play, it is only fair that they are as well prepared as possible to perform at AFLW level and this will allow that to happen,” Harper said.

“We liked what we saw when Czenya and Rachelle played a half of match sim and we look forward to them increasing their knowledge of our game style and their teammates.”

Adelaide’s AFLW season will get underway on Saturday, February 8 against Brisbane before their first home game on Sunday, February 16 against St Kilda at Richmond Oval.