ADELAIDE co-captain Chelsea Randall has opened up about a challenging phase in her life, when she dealt with grief, injury and a diminishing interest in playing football.
In a revealing piece published on the Crows' website, the star defender writes candidly about tough times in her life some five years ago.
"It had been a year of challenges and personal growth for me
"After six years of working, playing, coaching, umpiring and volunteering in the AFL industry I was tired.
"I had loved it for so long, but like many people juggling different hats, it had got to a point where it started to take its toll on me.
"I couldn’t keep trying to do everything and be everything for everyone.
"I had broken my collarbone playing Rugby 7s, left a long-term relationship and been knocked back from joining the police force
"And just 10 days after my birthday on June 14, I lost my most favourite person in the world to cancer, my Gran."
Randall will be a key player in Sunday's AFLW Grand Final against Carlton at Adelaide after another stellar season, her third with the club.
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