Eagles nab Aussie rugby star, Suns bolster forward stocks

WEST COAST has capped off the expansion and rookie signing period by adding Wallaroo Mhicca Carter (pictured above) to its list.

Carter, 29, is a full-back in her original sport of rugby union, and recently represented Australia against the Black Ferns.

"She's got a solid kick, she tackles, she's fit and she's hungry," West Coast head of female football Adam Selwood said.

"At her age, at 29, it gives us a great opportunity to provide her a really strong career and we will explore what she can provide for the team and how she can fit into the squad."

Gold Coast added key forward Taylor Smith as its final open-age signing.

The 19-year-old is a former heptathlete and hurdler, who represented Queensland as an over-age player at the recent NAB AFLW under-18 championships.

She has been part of the Suns' academy for the past two years, representing the club in the QW Winter Series in that time.

Taylor Smith celebrates a goal for the Suns in the QW Winter Series

Irishwoman Aileen Gilroy became North Melbourne's last rookie signing.

A Gaelic footballer from County Mayo (the same side that produced Cora Staunton and Sarah Rowe, among others), the 27-year-old has traditionally played off half-back and through the middle.

She has also represented Ireland in soccer as a junior.

Carlton has added the competition's 15th Irish player, with Joanne Doonan joining from Fermanagh Gaelic football club.

Doonan, 25, is a CrossCoders graduate, a program connecting potential overseas players with AFLW clubs, and has good speed, agility and endurance.

All clubs had to submit the paperwork for their rookie – and in the case of expansion clubs, open-age – signings to the AFL by Friday's deadline of August 30.

As-yet unannounced signings are expected to be released over the coming days.

2020 AFLW lists as of September 2

Sarah Allan, Dayna Cox, Courtney Cramey, Angela Foley, Jessica Foley, Renee Forth, Nikki Gore, Anne Hatchard, Eloise Jones, Sophie Li, Ebony Marinoff, Hannah Martin, Rhiannon Metcalfe, Justine Mules, Erin Phillips, Danielle Ponter, Marijana Rajcic, Chelsea Randall, Chloe Scheer, Stevie-Lee Thompson, Deni Varnhagen, Ruth Wallace.
Rookies: Ailish Considine, Maisie Nankivell and one spot remaining

Ally Anderson, Lauren Arnell, Emily Bates, Shannon Campbell, Arianna Clarke, Sophie Conway, Gabby Collingwood, Jade Ellenger, Natalie Grider, Jessy Keeffe, Breanna Koenen, Rheanne Lugg (Adelaide), Kate Lutkins, Jesse Wardlaw, Sharni Webb, Jess Wuestchner, Jordan Zanchetta, Emma Zielke. 
Rookies: Greta Bodey, Brianna McFarlane, Orla O'Dwyer

Lauren Brazzale, Chloe Dalton, Alison Downie, Jess Edwards, Georgia Gee, Kerryn Harrington, Tayla Harris, Jess Hosking, Sarah Hosking, Katie Loynes, Abbie McKay, Breann Moody, Natalie Plane, Gabriella Pound, Madison Prespakis, Nicola Stevens, Jayde Van Dyk, Darcy Vescio, Brooke Walker, Charlotte Wilson, Emerson Woods. 
Rookies: Katie Harrison, Joanne Doonan and one spot remaining

Sophie Alexander, Jordy Allen, Britt Bonnici, Ashleigh Brazill, Lauren Butler, Mikala Cann, Sophie Casey, Steph Chiocci, Sarah D'Arcy, Brianna Davey (Carlton), Sarah Dargan, Erica Fowler, Emma Grant, Georgia Gourlay, Eliza Hynes, Jaimee Lambert, Stacey Livingstone, Katie Lynch, Chloe Molloy, Ruby Schleicher, Maddie Shevlin, Kristy Stratton. 
Rookies: Sharni Layton, Sarah Rowe, Aishling Sheridan

Ebony Antonio, Kiara Bowers, Tayla Bresland, Steph Cain, Mia-Rae Clifford (Geelong), Kara Donnellan, Sabreena Duffy, Evie Gooch, Katie-Jayne Grieve, Gemma Houghton, Leah Mascall, Hayley Miller, Gabby O'Sullivan, Laura Pugh, Matilda Sergeant, Philipa Seth, Ashley Sharp, Angelique Stannett, Jasmin Stewart, Alex Williams. 
Rookies: Kate Flood, Lindal Rohde and Aine Tighe

Cassie Blakeway, Madeleine Boyd, Rene Caris, Georgia Clarke, Richelle Cranston, Julia Crockett-Grills, Kate Darby, Olivia Deane-Purcell, Renee Garing, Rebecca Goring, Melissa Hickey, Jordan Ivey, Madeline Keryk, Meghan McDonald, Phoebe McWilliams, Nina Morrison, Aasta O'Connor, Danielle Orr, Denby Taylor, Anna Teague, Sophie Van De Heuvel, Rebecca Webster.
Rookies: Maddy McMahon, Georgie Rankin and one spot remaining

Lauren Ahrens (open-age), Lauren Bella (Brisbane), Tiarna Ernst (Western Bulldogs), Tori Groves-Little (Brisbane), Charlotte Hammans, Ellie Hampson (both u/18), Jasmyn Hewett (Adelaide), Jordann Hickey (Melbourne), Kalinda Howarth (open-age), Leah Kaslar, Paige Parker, Emma Pittman (all Brisbane), Sally Riley (Adelaide), Molly Ritson, Maddy Roberts, Taylor Smith (all open-age), Jamie Stanton (North Melbourne), Kate Surman, Tayla Thorn (both open-age), Sam Virgo (Brisbane), Kitara Whap-Farrar (u/18), Jacqui Yorston (Brisbane).
Rookies: Three spots remaining

Jessica Allan (Adelaide), Jacinda Barclay, Nicola Barr, Rebecca Beeson, Elle Bennetts, Yvonne Bonner, Ellie Brush, Jess Dal Pos, Alicia Eva, Amanda Farrugia, Tanya Hetherington, Jodie Hicks, Erin McKinnon, Ingrid Nielsen, Alyce Parker, Pepa Randall, Aimee Schmidt, Cora Staunton, Louise Stephenson, Britt Tully, Haneen Zreika.
Rookies: Taylah Davies and two spots remaining

Libby Birch (Western Bulldogs), Harriet Cordner, Tegan Cunningham, Meg Downie, Maddison Gay, Madeleine Guerin, Tyla Hanks, Shelley Heath, Kate Hore, Bianca Jakobsson, Ainslie Kemp, Sarah Lampard, Lily Mithen, Aliesha Newman, Elise O'Dea, Karen Paxman, Daisy Pearce, Lauren Pearce, Shelley Scott, Casey Sherriff, Shae Sloane, Katherine Smith, Eden Zanker. 
Rookies: Chantel Emonson and two spots remaining

Sophie Abbatangelo, Kaitlyn Ashmore, Daria Bannister, Daisy Bateman, Nicole Bresnehan, Jenna Bruton, Jess Duffin, Jasmine Garner, Britt Gibson, Kate Gillespie-Jones, Jasmine Grierson, Chloe Haines, Libby Haines, Danielle Hardiman, Emma Humphries, Emma Kearney, Elisha King, Emma King, Taylor Mesiti, Tahlia Randall, Ash Riddell, Jess Trend.
Rookies: Aileen Gilroy, Beth Lynch, Mairead Seoighe

Christina Bernardi (Greater Western Sydney), Maddy Brancatisano (Melbourne), Katie Brennan (Western Bulldogs), Hannah Burchell (Geelong), Grace Campbell (open-age), Monique Conti (Western Bulldogs), Alice Edmonds (open-age), Sabrina Frederick (Brisbane), Kodi Jacques, Akec Makur Chuot, Rebecca Miller (all open-age), Phoebe Monahan (Greater Western Sydney), Iilish Ross (Collingwood), Tayla Stahl, Courtney Wakefield (both open-age), Alana Woodward (pre-draft elevation)
Rookies: Gabby Seymour and two spots remaining

Alison Brown (open-age), Alison Drennan (North Melbourne), Nat Exon (Brisbane), Caitlin Greiser (open-age), Darcy Guttridge (Collingwood), Sammie Johnson (open-age), Selena Karlson (Western Bulldogs), Melissa Kuys (Collingwood), Tilly Lucas-Rodd (Carlton), Emma Mackie (Western Bulldogs), Kate McCarthy (Brisbane), Molly McDonald (u/18), Courteney Munn (North Melbourne), Cat Phillips (Melbourne), Isabella Shannon (u/18), Jess Sedunary (Adelaide), Kate Shierlaw, Olivia Vesely (both open-age), Rhiannon Watt (Carlton), Claudia Whitfort (Melbourne). 
Rookies: Three spots remaining

Ashlee Atkins (Fremantle), Kate Bartlett (Western Bulldogs), Emily Bonser (open-age), Mikayla Bowen (u/18), Hayley Bullas (open-age), Melissa Caulfield (Fremantle), Maddy Collier (Greater Western Sydney), Cassie Davidson (Fremantle), Rosie Deegan (u/18), Beatrice Devlyn (open-age), McKenzie Dowrick (Brisbane), Kellie Gibson, Brianna Green, Courtney Guard (nee Stubbs; all Fremantle), Ashton Hill (open-age), Dana Hooker, Alicia Janz, Parris Laurie (all Fremantle), Emily McGuire (open-age), Danika Pisconeri (open-age), Belinda Smith (Western Bulldogs), Emma Swanson (Greater Western Sydney).
Rookies: Mhicca Carter, Grace Kelly and Niamh Kelly

Deanna Berry, Ellie Blackburn, Eleanor Brown, Nicole Callinan, Naomi Ferres, Ellyse Gamble, Angelica Gogos, Ashleigh Guest (Melbourne), Bailey Hunt, Isabel Huntington, Kirsty Lamb, Brooke Lochland, Aisling McCarthy, Kirsten McLeod, Celine Moody, Kim Rennie, Hannah Scott, Lauren Spark, Bonnie Toogood, Aisling Utri.
Rookies: Katy Herron, Danielle Marshall and one spot remaining