Talented Crows forward Ashleigh Woodland played four matches for the Melbourne Demons in 2019 before returning home to SA.

The North Adelaide premiership player battled homesickness during her time in Victoria but always aimed for a return to AFLW.

Taken with Pick No. 47 in the 2020 AFLW Draft, Woodland returns to the elite level with an excitement to play in her home state.

“I’ve got unfinished business in AFLW,” Woodland said.

“I played four games for Melbourne, but wasn’t finished yet.

“I developed a lot playing for the Demons and it’s got me to where I am today.

“Now, I’m so excited to be joining the Crows.”

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AFLW Pick #47: Ashleigh Woodland

The Crows have selected Ashleigh Woodland with Pick# 47 in the AFLW Draft.

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Woodland will join North Adelaide teammate Anne Hatchard, who she pipped for the Roosters Best and Fairest in 2020.

“I think that was because Hatchy didn’t play every game,” Woodland laughed.

“She’s a good friend of mine, I love Hatchy… I know I’ll learn a lot from her with the Crows.”

North Adelaide finished the season undefeated to claim the inaugural SANFLW flag for the Roosters.

The 22-year-old heaped praise on her coach, Krissie Steen, for her influence.

“Krissie helped my development so much throughout the year,” Woodland said.

“Going undefeated and winning the SANFLW premiership with North was definitely a career highlight for me.”

Alongside the North Adelaide Best and Fairest, Woodland took home the SANFLW leading goalkicker award with 17 majors in the season.