FREMANTLE recruit Ann McMahon remains hopeful of pulling on the purple jumper in the future after being ruled out of the 2020 season on Friday.
The 25-year-old police officer underwent surgery on a broken fibula in her left leg sustained after being hit by an allegedly stolen car on Christmas Eve.
A 21-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences and will appear in court on January 23.
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Scans on McMahon's right leg revealed she also ruptured her ACL in the incident and will have a knee reconstruction in coming weeks.
"Everyone around us has been really supportive of myself and [wife] Issy. It's amazing how many people have offered to do anything and be anywhere, just whatever I need," the midfielder/forward said.
"We're beyond thankful for the support of Fremantle and they've been instrumental on my road to recovery so far and I have no doubt that they'll support me throughout.
"The most important thing for me is to just focus on the next stage of rehab and get ready for 2021."
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McMahon was drafted from East Fremantle at pick No.35 in the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft, just months after playing in the club's premiership side.
Dockers coach Trent Cooper tweeted his support for the mature-age recruit.
None tougher. Can’t wait for everyone to see what Ann can do on the field in 2021. https://t.co/LJtr1AUr7A— Trent Cooper (@Coops18x) January 10, 2020
AFLW manager Darryn Fry paid tribute to McMahon's character.
"We are devastated for Ann, who has shown incredible strength as she navigates this difficult period," Fry said.
"While losing her as a player for the 2020 season is a blow, this incident only illustrates that some things are bigger than football."
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AFLW high performance manager Kate Starre also praised McMahon's resilience.
"Ann's doing as well as she can at this stage and her courage has been remarkable," Starre said.
"She's just a remarkable person and a great person to have around the club right now."