Where your club is at ahead of the Sign and Trade Period

AS THE expansion player movement heats up and the NAB AFLW Draft is on the horizon, clubs are well and truly into list management mode.

For some, that final piece of the puzzle could be all that's needed to take that next step, while others are looking at a deeper list overhaul.

Life's looking pretty good at Adelaide, having won its third flag in six seasons. It remains to be seen how many players the Crows will lose to new cross-town rival Port Adelaide. Ange Foley has effectively already been covered by Chelsea Biddell, given her injury-induced absence this year, but replacing Erin Phillips is a little harder. The Crows have enough midfield depth to cover both her and Justine Mules there, but may need to look for a marking tall in attack. 

Confirmed list departures: Ange Foley, Justine Mules and Erin Phillips (committed to Port Adelaide)

Adelaide players celebrate winning the 2022 NAB AFLW Grand Final. Picture: AFL Photos

The Lions are well set-up for the long term, with a young core of players and strong depth on every line. The one issue they do have is the lack of a tall key back, particularly given 33-year-old Kate Lutkins will miss the upcoming season with a torn ACL. Brisbane generally adapted quite well to Lutkins' absence this season, but were occasionally caught out by a key forward.

Confirmed list departures: 

Emily Bates (centre) celebrates a win during round nine, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Trade periods have been tough of late, with the midfield and forward lines particularly hard hit. The attacking half needs immediate attention, having struggled at times due to a lack of talls in 2022, and having now lost Georgia Gee to Essendon with Nicola Stevens expected to cross to St Kilda. An older midfielder would also help matters, with the young core now exposed anew following Maddy Prespakis' move to the Bombers and Grace Egan's Richmond trade request.

Confirmed list departures: Georgia Gee, Maddy Prespakis (committed to Essendon), Grace Egan (requested trade to Richmond)

(L-R): Nicola Stevens, Madison Prespakis, Georgia Gee and Poppy Schaap wait for a photo during Carlton's picture day on December 16, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

Once again, Collingwood has finished a season with question marks over its forward line. The connection between the forwards and midfielders was an issue at times, and the Pies have now lost Sophie Alexander to the Bombers. Brit Bonnici and Bri Davey (ACLs) are confirmed outs, with Jordy Membrey (ACL) and Jo Lin (shoulder) set to return. Another midfielder may be required to help plug a few gaps.

Confirmed list departures: Sophie Alexander (committed to Essendon)

Jordan Membrey celebrates a goal during round four, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

It was another powerful campaign from Fremantle, just falling short in the preliminary final. The Dockers had a fairly well-rounded squad and were able to cover the absence of key back Janelle Cuthbertson for the majority of the season, but the loss of key forward Gemma Houghton (Port Adelaide) and winger Steph Cain (Essendon) will hurt. 

Confirmed list departures: Ann McMahon, Tiah Toth (delisted), Jasmin Stewart (stepping away), Steph Cain (committed to Essendon), Gemma Houghton (committed to Port Adelaide)

Magpie Jaimee Lambert and Docker Janelle Cuthbertson in action during round three, 2020. Picture: AFL Photos

The Cats took a number of steps forward in 2022, but still remain off the pace of the finalists. Scoring has long been an issue for Geelong, and 36-year-old Phoebe McWilliams was once again its leading goalkicker. Dan Lowther's side did well in contested work, but the next step is using the ball well on the outside and connecting with forwards, so a pacey winger could be handy.

Confirmed list departures: Danielle Higgins (retired)

Amy McDonald in action during round nine, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

The Suns are another side on the rise, and were still in finals contention in the last few rounds of the season. Jade Pregelj won't play due to a torn ACL, so support is needed in the key back stocks, while it remains to be seen if the Levi sisters (rugby commitments) are available. The Suns were strong in the contest, but struggled with retention, averaging 196 disposals a game, the third-lowest in the competition.

Confirmed list departures: Nil

Gold Coast's Charlie Rowbottom in action during round 12, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

The Giants have had an unhealthy overreliance on the brilliance of 40-year-old Cora Staunton in front of goal for several years. With Bec Privitelli off to Sydney, another key forward is needed, particularly as recruit Izzy Huntington (ACL) won't be available this season. The Giants are also down to one ruck, and the inactive Jess Allan has army commitments for the remainder of the year.

Confirmed list departures: Katie Loynes (retired), Ally Morphett, Bec Privitelli and Lisa Steane (committed to Sydney)

Bec Privitelli celebrates a goal during round one, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Why change a winning formula? The Demons saw off everyone except the mighty Adelaide Crows in 2022, making a maiden Grand Final. They have a fairly young list, but with an eye to the future, a few forwards to cover for the eventual retirement of Daisy Pearce (33) and Shelley Scott (34) may be required.

Confirmed list departures: Nil

Daisy Pearce speaks to the crowd after the NAB AFLW Grand Final between Adelaide and Melbourne on April 9, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

The Kangaroos were once again thereabouts in 2022, but they still remain a puzzle piece or two short of establishing themselves in the very top tier. They win an enormous amount of footy out of the midfield, but the forward line has not been able to capitalise. The move of Tahlia Randall into attack was a big tick, but she needs another marking target to spread the load.

Confirmed list departures: Nil

North Melbourne's Tahlia Randall kicks the ball during round two, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

A key defender should be top of Richmond's list, with Harriet Cordner (ACL) out of action for the remainder of the year. The Tigers were exposed at times in the absence of 35-year-old tall forward Courtney Wakefield (shoulder), and don't have a heap of depth in the area. A strong ball-user out of defence may also tidy up some deficiencies in that area.

Confirmed list departures: Nil

Tiger Harriet Cordner is carried from the field in round three, 2022 in the hands of trainers. Picture: @hcordner Instagram

The Saints are hopeful Tyanna Smith (ACL) will return at some point next season, which will help boost the midfield enormously, but more help is needed in that area. Another ruck will also be required given the ACL injury to Rhi Watt. St Kilda also need some help in front of goal, having been the lowest scoring side in 2022.

Confirmed list departures: Nil

St Kilda's Tyanna Smith at training on October 14, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

Where to start with the struggling West Coast Eagles? Of immediate concern is the loss of the Kelly sisters, with half-forward/winger Niamh requesting a move to Adelaide and key forward Grace also exploring her options. Three defenders in Tayla Bresland (retired), Maddy Collier (Sydney) and Lauren Gauci (delisted) have moved on, while the forward line also needs heavy focus given the absence of Courtney Guard and Andrea Gilmore (retired) and Ash Atkins (delisted). Emma Swanson and Dana Hooker also need support in the midfield.

Confirmed list departures: Tayla Bresland, Andrea Gilmore and Courtney Guard (retired), Ashlee Atkins and Lauren Gauci (delisted), Maddy Collier (committed to Sydney)

West Coast's Niamh Kelly in action during round four, 2020. Picture: AFL Photos

The Bulldogs have lost key forwards Bonnie Toogood (Essendon) and Izzy Huntington (GWS trade request), and will be pinning their hopes on Nell Morris-Dalton and the returning Gabby Newton in attack. The retirement of Hannah Scott and Ash Guest has created a lack of depth in defence.

Confirmed list departures: Ash Guest (retired), Hannah Scott (retired), Bonnie Toogood (committed to Essendon), Izzy Huntington (requested trade to GWS)

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