IT HAS been a hectic month of player movement, from the unexpected Priority Signing Period right through to last week's seven-player mega trade.
Seven players shifted via the PSP, while a further 31 found new homes during the trade period.
Some big names were on the move, including season seven leading goalkicker Jesse Wardlaw moving from Brisbane to St Kilda, Jordan Membrey left Collingwood to return to her home state of Queensland, and Courtney Jones returned to Victoria for family reasons.
AFLW TRADE Every move of trade period as it happened
AFLW PSP Every priority period signing as it happened
Every club's ins and outs from the PSP and trade period are listed below, as well as the draft picks each club holds heading into the supplementary draft.
In: Jess Allan (traded from GWS), Sarah Goodwin (traded from Port Adelaide)
Out: Ashleigh Woodland (PSP to Port Adelaide), Jasmine Simmons (traded to Port Adelaide)
Draft picks: None
The Crows welcomed back former player Jess Allan to the fold, who will likely help release Caitlin Gould to spend more minutes in attack after Ashleigh Woodland's departure. The addition of Sarah Goodwin is also a handy one. Goodwin was the second selection in South Australia at last year's draft, and is an exciting half back/midfield option for the long term. Meanwhile utility Jasmine Simmons has joined Woodland at Port Adelaide.
In: Jennifer Dunne (Dublin, Ireland), Ellie Hampson (traded from Gold Coast)
Out: Emily Bates (PSP to Hawthorn), Greta Bodey (PSP to Hawthorn), Lulu Pullar (traded to North Melbourne), Jesse Wardlaw (traded to St Kilda)
Draft picks: 17, 35, 40, 53
Brisbane copped some significant hits throughout the PSP and trade period, losing three former All-Australians, but in the process it has retained some key young players like Belle Dawes and Sophie Conway, while also bringing in exciting Irishwoman Jennifer Dunne. Former Gold Coast midfielder Ellie Hampson will also add a strong body around the contest, able to replace the defensive pressure lost in Emily Bates.
In: Harriet Cordner (traded from Richmond), Tahlia Read (traded from Fremantle), Erone Fitzpatrick (Laois, Ireland), Dayna Finn (Mayo, Ireland)
Out: Lucy McEvoy (PSP to Sydney), Natalie Plane (traded to St Kilda), Serena Gibbs (traded to Fremantle), Brooke Walker (traded to Essendon)
Draft picks: 5, 9, 23, 41
While the Blues will be sad to see the back of Lucy McEvoy, whose departure was out of Carlton's hands, the recruitment of Harriet Cordner in particular will be a stabiliser for the club. In addition, Irish duo Erone Fitzpatrick and Dayna Finn are athletic, young players who look likely to settle well into the AFLW. Stalwart Natalie Plane was, unfortunately, on the fringes in recent seasons and will get a more consistent shot at the Saints, as will Serena Gibbs at Fremantle.
In: Tarni White (traded from St Kilda), Grace Campbell (traded from North Melbourne), Nell Morris-Dalton (traded from the Western Bulldogs)
Out: Chloe Molloy (PSP to Sydney), Steph Chiocci (traded to St Kilda), Jaimee Lambert (traded to St Kilda), Jordan Membrey (traded to Gold Coast)
Draft picks: 13, 14, 49
The Pies have done very well throughout the trade period. With a clear focus on shifting to youth, bringing in the talented Tarni White went way under the radar in terms of big recruitments. Grace Campbell will offer reliability and pressure through the middle of the ground, while Nell Morris-Dalton has a chance to become a key target inside 50. Like McEvoy for the Blues, Chloe Molloy's departure was out of Collingwood's hands, but Steph Chiocci and Jaimee Lambert's trades will certainly prove the best option for both clubs and both players. Jordan Membrey will be a loss in attack, but her desire to return home was respected by the club.
In: Brooke Brown (PSP from North Melbourne), Kodi Jacques (traded from Richmond), Brooke Walker (traded from Carlton)
Draft picks: 45
Essendon has come away from the trade and sign period with a spring in its step. The addition of Brooke Brown will help to bolster a defensive line that was a touch leaky last season, offering plenty of run and dash out of the back half. Meanwhile Kodi Jacques brings hard-hitting pressure and Brooke Walker some damaging run.
In: Serena Gibbs (traded from Carlton)
Out: Janelle Cuthbertson (PSP to Port Adelaide), Amy Franklin (traded to West Coast), Tahlia Read (traded to Carlton)
Draft picks: 3, 7, 21, 25, 43
The Dockers will no doubt be smarting from the loss of Amy Franklin, especially given they received only draft picks in return when the ideal result would have been an experienced player. Janelle Cuthbertson's move to Port Adelaide looks like a real hit on paper, the key defender played just nine of a possible 22 games last year as she battled injury so isn't quite the loss it seems. Serena Gibbs now has a real opportunity to find a place at AFLW level, able to play at either end of the ground, and her height is much needed at Fremantle.
In: Kate Surman (traded from Port Adelaide)
Out: Maddy Keryk (traded to Port Adelaide), Laura Gardiner (traded to Sydney)
Draft picks: 1, 30, 48
The Cats finished last season in a strong position, not really wanting for any sort of player in particular, but the addition of Kate Surman as a scrappy small forward could prove to be a masterstroke. Small defender Maddy Keryk was no longer in Dan Lowther's first-choice 21, and will find more opportunity at Port Adelaide, while Laura Gardiner was simply behind All-Australians Georgie Prespakis and Amy McDonald therefore limited for midfield minutes.
In: Clara Fitzpatrick (traded from St Kilda), Maddy Brancatisano (traded from Richmond), Jordan Membrey (traded from Collingwood), Ella Maurer (traded from North Melbourne)
Out: Courtney Jones (traded to Richmond), Ellie Hampson (traded to Brisbane), Serene Watson (traded to St Kilda)
Draft picks: 6, 10, 28, 46
Gold Coast has turned over nearly a third of its list this off-season, with four changes coming via the trade period. Clara Fitzpatrick is a fantastic addition to defence alongside Vivien Saad and Lauren Ahrens, while Jordan Membrey will offer another reliable target in attack. Losing Courtney Jones was not ideal, but her desire to be close to her family during a tough time was more important than footy, and the club respected that wish, while Ellie Hampson's shift to Brisbane removes some of the physicality from the Suns' midfield. The club's first ever draft pick, Serene Watson, is also making the move to Victoria.
Out: Jess Allan (traded to Adelaide)
Draft picks: 8, 26, 44, 52
Last season the Giants had a competition-high six players on the inactive list – Jess Allan, Bec Beeson, Fleur Davies, Isabel Huntington, Isadora McLeay and Casidhe Simmons – so this off-season was more about leveling the list back to a required 30 than it was about recruiting. Allan has returned to her original club of Adelaide via trade and a further four players departed via delisting or retirement.
In: Emily Bates (PSP from Brisbane), Greta Bodey (PSP from Brisbane)
Out: Eliza Shannon (traded to North Melbourne)
Draft picks: 4, 22, 33
One of the big winners out of this season's player movement period. The addition of Emily Bates and Greta Bodey to the Hawks will not only assist in their on-field structures, but also bring some excellent off-field standards to the club as well. Defender Eliza Shannon has also made her way to North Melbourne, after concussion issues kept her to just six games last season.
Draft picks: 18, 36, 54
Melbourne's only list changes this season came by way of a retirement – Daisy Pearce – and delistings – Alison Brown, Maggie Caris, Sabreena Duffy and Ella Little. An impressive feat given the Priority Signing Period and other clubs' desire for some of the Demons' star players. Instead, Melbourne has kept almost all of its premiership side together.
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In: Kate Shierlaw (traded from St Kilda), Eliza Shannon (traded from Hawthorn), Lulu Pullar (traded from Brisbane)
Out: Brooke Brown (PSP to Essendon), Grace Campbell (traded to Collingwood), Ella Maurer (traded to Gold Coast)
Draft picks: 31, 51
St Kilda's reigning best and fairest and leading goalkicker is a handy addition to North Melbourne's forward line alongside Tahlia Randall, while Eliza Shannon and Lulu Pullar will help to cover the loss of Brooke Brown out of defence. While a reliable role player, Grace Campbell's ACL injury saw her fall down the pecking order in the Roos' midfield, so a fresh start at Collingwood will serve her well, while Ella Maurer will look for more opportunity at the Suns.
In: Ashleigh Woodland (PSP from Adelaide), Matilda Scholz (underage PSP signing), Janelle Cuthbertson (PSP from Fremantle), Maddy Keryk (traded from Carlton), Jasmine Simmons (traded from Adelaide)
Out: Kate Surman (traded to Geelong), Sarah Goodwin (traded to Adelaide)
Draft picks: 2, 12, 16, 20, 34, 38
Port Adelaide has had a very solid off-season, albeit it has done so very quietly. Coming into the player movement period, the Power was focused on recruiting a key forward, key defender and ruck, and have added all three. Ashleigh Woodland will reunite with Erin Phillips in attack – an ominous combination if history is anything to go by – while Janelle Cuthbertson will add to the backline alongside Amelie Borg, Indy Tahau and Alex Ballard. In the ruck, both Matilda Scholz and Jasmine Simmons will assist Olivia Levicki, while the experience of Maddy Keryk will be welcomed down back.
In: Caitlin Greiser (traded from St Kilda), Courtney Jones (traded from Gold Coast), Molly Eastman (traded from Sydney)
Out: Kodi Jacques (traded to Essendon), Harriet Cordner (traded to Carlton), Maddy Brancatisano (traded to Gold Coast)
Draft picks: 32, 50
The Tigers are another side who have very efficiently filled gaps during the player movement period. Upon the retirement of Courtney Wakefield, some forward support for Katie Brennan and Stella Reid was vital, and Richmond has nailed that with Caitlin Greiser and Courtney Jones. Molly Eastman, meanwhile, is another rebounding defender to add to the club's stocks. Each of Richmond's losses – Kodi Jacques, Harriet Cordner and Maddy Brancatisano – are players who have been squeezed out of the first-choice 21 in the last year, so will do well to ply their trade at other clubs.
In: Steph Chiocci (traded from Collingwood), Jaimee Lambert (traded from Collingwood), Natalie Plane (traded from Carlton), Serene Watson (traded from Gold Coast), Jesse Wardlaw (traded from Brisbane)
Out: Clara Fitzpatrick (traded to Gold Coast), Kate Shierlaw (traded to North Melbourne), Tarni White (traded to Collingwood), Caitlin Greiser (traded to Richmond)
Draft pick: 24, 42
A very active trade period for the Saints has resulted in some big changes. The addition of Jesse Wardlaw, last season's leading goalkicker, is a great one, but she will be battling it out as the sole key forward now that both Kate Shierlaw and Caitlin Greiser are out the door. Jaimee Lambert and Serene Watson are handy additions through the middle, with the former also reliable in attack and the latter in defence, but that comes at the cost of talented youngster Tarni White and reliable defender Clara Fitzpatrick. Meanwhile Steph Chiocci will offer some leadership and outside run and Natalie Plane is a great cultural addition. The result of a risky off-season for the Saints remains to be seen, but at this stage they seem to have just about broken even.
In: Chloe Molloy (PSP from Collingwood), Lucy McEvoy (PSP from Carlton), Laura Gardiner (traded from Geelong), Paris McCarthy (Kerry, Ireland), Jennifer Higgins (Roscommon, Ireland), Julie O'Sullivan (Kerry, Ireland)
Out: Molly Eastman (traded to Richmond)
Draft picks: 19, 27, 37
Sydney is another side who has come out of the player movement phase of the off-season in a positive position. Assisted by the Priority Signing Period, the addition of Lucy McEvoy and Chloe Molloy will add some star power to a young Swans side, while Laura Gardiner will add depth and reliability around the ball. Coach Scott Gowans has also looked to Ireland to bolster his list, with athletic trio Paris McCarthy, Jennifer Higgins, and Julie O'Sullivan likely to have a quick impact on the AFLW. The only loss via trade – Molly Eastman – was a result of the defender's desire to return to her home state of Victoria.
In: Amy Franklin (traded from Fremantle)
Draft picks: 39
Without making many moves, the Eagles have done well this off season. Bringing in exciting young prospect – and long-time West Coast fan – Amy Franklin from Fremantle, without having to give up a player in return is a big win. Elsewhere, locking away key young players on multi-year deals is a significant sign for West Coast's new-found stability.
Out: Nell Morris-Dalton (traded to Collingwood)
Draft picks: 11, 15, 29, 47
A quiet off-season from the Bulldogs, not making a peep until Monday afternoon on the eve of the trade deadline, is a positive for a club that has in the past been pilfered by expansion sides. Nell Morris-Dalton moves to Collingwood for more opportunity up forward, while locking away 27 Dogs from season seven will be a relief for coach Nathan Burke.