What to look forward to in the second AFLW Trade and Signing Period

THE FIRST period of the AFL Women's Trade and Signing Period is done and dusted, with the second – bar expansion club signings – running from Tuesday to Friday. 

The AFL will also release an updated draft order on Tuesday, which is expected to help facilitate several potential trades.

A delisted free agent period will run from April 26-30, with club lists to be lodged by May 3.

What could happen this week? Which potential trades should you keep an eye out for? And who could be in line for a lifeline from another club?

ADELAIDE

The Crows have yet to officially re-sign all their quota of players but confirmed on Friday that forwards Sarah Perkins and Katelyn Rosenzweig and midfielders Sally Riley and Rheanne Lugg would not be offered contracts for next year.

Perkins is the most likely to get another chance. The experienced key forward played just two AFLW games this year, spending most of the season in the SANFLW.

BRISBANE

The Lions have delisted just two players, Megan Hunt and rookie Krystal Scott.

Small forward Hunt fell out of favour this season but played 14 of a possible 23 games in three seasons, while Scott (at the club for two years) is yet to debut.

CARLTON

After several delays because of players being overseas, the Blues will announce their re-signings later this week, but all the focus will be on what happens with captain Brianna Davey, who has requested a trade to Collingwood.

Carlton is driving a hefty price for its marquee onballer, with negotiations expected to speed up once the updated draft order is confirmed.

Shae Audley, Kirby Bentley, Reni Hicks and Bridie Kennedy will all be looking for new homes after being delisted.

COLLINGWOOD

Collingwood's biggest priority this week will be attempting to fulfil Carlton's demands for its captain Brianna Davey, who has requested a trade to the Magpies.

Other than that, it's been a slow release of signings over the past two weeks for the Pies, with some big names yet to be confirmed.

All Australian defender Ash Brazill (pictured above), lively Irish recruit Sarah Rowe and NAB AFLW Rising Star nominee Jordy Allen remain unsigned.

Out-of-favour trio Nicole Hildebrand (two games) and Georgie Parker and Holly Whitford (one each) are also yet to re-sign.

FREMANTLE

After losing its maximum eight players to crosstown rival West Coast, Fremantle isn't expected to make any major moves this week.

The Dockers have retained 18 players, including captain Kara Donnellan and their past two best and fairest winners, Ebony Antonio and Kiara Bowers.

Unsigned players include Cassie Davidson (no games this year but 14 in 2017-18) and ruck Tayla McAuliffe (three in 2018).

Dockers star Kiara Bowers evades a tackle against the Dogs

GEELONG

The Cats have been playing their cards incredibly close to their chest.

The club will announce its re-signings late in the week and is expected to retain the vast majority of its list.

Erin Hoare is the only confirmed departure so far; the ruck has taken up a Fulbright scholarship to continue her PhD studies in mental health at Cambridge University in England.

GOLD COAST

The Suns have been busy (locking away 13 players), but are not expected to be as active this week.

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

Four former Giants have found their way to other clubs, with forward Christina Bernardi and defender Emma Swanson – who have returned home to Victoria and Western Australia respectively – the biggest losses.

Five players have been delisted, including three South Australians (Ebony O'Dea, Britt Perry and Lisa Whiteley) and a Victorian (Tait Mackrill).

Christina Bernardi has departed the Giants

MELBOURNE

The club is yet to announce if Daisy Pearce has re-signed. After taking this past season off due to pregnancy, she could return for 2020 but it would only be with Melbourne.

The Demons are negotiating a trade for Western Bulldogs defender Libby Birch, with draft picks understood to be a sticking point.

Out-of-contract Demons include Ashleigh Guest, Ainslie Kemp, Brooke Patterson and Talia Radan, all defenders.

NORTH MELBOURNE

The Kangaroos have retained 20 players. Tasmanian Emma Humphries (15 games in three years for the Roos and Melbourne) is the highest-profile player out of contract, while Moana Hope (20 games and 23 goals in three seasons) has been delisted.

RICHMOND

The Tigers were the quietest of the four new teams in terms of raw numbers, locking in six players during the expansion teams' signing period. Two are big names – Katie Brennan (from the Western Bulldogs) and Sabrina Frederick (Brisbane).

They continue to be linked to Western Bulldogs midfielder Monique Conti, but will need to trade if they are to acquire her, given the Dogs have already lost their maximum four players to expansion teams.

Katie Brennan left the Dogs to join the Tigers

ST KILDA

The Saints have had a clear focus on bringing their VFLW players at other AFLW clubs back to Moorabbin, signing nine such players to the end of last week.

Given the expansion signing period is over, they will have to use draft picks or involve a third club to trade for any other players they wish to sign.

WEST COAST

The Eagles signed 12 players from other clubs to add to their two under-18 players.

Given Fremantle has already lost its maximum eight players to expansion teams, the Eagles will need to trade if they’re eyeing off more.

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Rumours persist midfielder Monique Conti is on the move to Richmond.

With the Dogs already having lost four players to expansion clubs (Katie Brennan to Richmond, Tiarna Ernst to Gold Coast, Selena Karlson to St Kilda and Belinda Smith to West Coast), Conti would have to be traded if she is to cross to Punt Road.

The Dogs are also dealing with Melbourne over Libby Birch, who has requested a trade.

Those unsigned as of Tuesday include veterans Emma Mackie and Nicole Callinan, midfield mainstay Ange Gogos and the versatile Ellyse Gamble.

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