Giants forward makes strides in rehabilitation from broken leg

GREATER Western Sydney's Irish star Cora Staunton remains at least a month off jogging on a weight-bearing AlterG treadmill after successful surgery on her broken right leg.

The key forward broke both the tibia and fibula bones in her right leg three weeks ago.

The injury occurred when Staunton was tackled while playing for AFL Sydney side UNSW-ES Bulldogs.

Despite the long period of time before the 37-year-old is allowed to run, she has started rehabilitation and is able to bear weight on the leg.

The starting date of the 2020 AFLW pre-season is yet to be determined, but is likely to be midway through November, giving Staunton another six months of rehab time.

She has kicked 11 goals in 14 AFLW games.

In other news, Richmond has signed a second open-age player from its VFL side.

Key forward Tayla Stahl, 24, was playing for Bass Coast on the Mornington Peninsula last year in the second division of the South Eastern Women's Football League.

The former Victorian under-18 netballer kicked six goals on debut for the Tigers in round one of the VFLW season, prompting her signing.

Stahl joins fellow VFLW-turned-AFLW player Courtney Wakefield on the Tigers list, as well as established stars Katie Brennan, Monique Conti and Sabrina Frederick.