Crows AFLW forward Erin Phillips is stepping away from the captaincy ahead of the 2021 season.

Phillips skippered Adelaide for the first four seasons alongside Chelsea Randall and together they led the team to two premierships.

However, she will now turn her attention to fast-tracking the development of the Club’s emerging leaders.

Crows Head of Women’s Football Phil Harper is supportive of the decision, adding it was important the Club planned for the future and new leaders needed to step up.

“Erin’s decision has been made in conjunction with the Club and while we have been discussing it for the last 18 months, we believe this is the right time to make a change,” Harper said.

“She has been a fantastic captain over the last four years but this is great chance to take the next step as a group.

“Erin will play a big role in mentoring the younger leaders and making sure the leadership and positive culture will be continued at the Club.”

Adelaide’s 2021 AFLW leadership group will be decided ahead of their upcoming trial match, set to be played on Sunday, January 17 at Norwood Oval.