Irish star considers AFLW future after neck fracture

GREATER Western Sydney rookie Bríd Stack says she is weighing up a contract offer for 2022.

The Irishwoman suffered a fractured C7 vertebra in her neck during a practice match against Adelaide in January, which eventually ruled her out for the season.

It was the 34-year-old's first game of AFLW (watch the incident in the player below) after a long and distinguished Gaelic football career with County Cork.

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Writing for the Irish Examiner, Stack said she was keen to play but had to weigh up a number of factors, including the impact on her husband Cárthach's business and also their young son Cárthach Óg.

"I am privileged and honoured to have been offered another contract. My Giants teammates have spent the last few days attempting to sway me to return next year but I’m not sure what my next move will be," Stack said.

"If it was just Cárthach and myself and we were footloose and fancy-free, or if I was ten years younger, it would be an easy decision to make.

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"But it's not as clean-cut now when we have so many other people to consider."

Bríd Stack with her neck in a brace at the Giants' official team photo day in January, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

Stack will also remain in New South Wales for a little while before returning to Ireland, training with AFL Sydney side East Coast Eagles alongside Giants teammates Cora Staunton and Alyce Parker.

Giants footy boss Jason McCartney has also allowed Stack to observe the club's AFL backline meetings for the remaining duration of her Australian trip.

She says her arm strength is back to being over 70 per cent of its usual level after also hurting a nerve in the incident, while one more CT scan in around a month's time will hopefully clear her return to local Gaelic football once back in Ireland.

It didn’t work out as I had planned but I have made peace with that frustration. I have no regrets

Brid Stack

"Any decision around my future here will be made in its own good time but, for now, I’m just so grateful to the club for the opportunity, and so proud of myself to have dealt with the varying circumstances I found myself in," Stack said.

"It didn’t work out as I had planned but I have made peace with that frustration. I have no regrets. I trained harder than I’ve ever trained before in my life. I put myself under pressure to try and make everything work.

"When I look back on it all now, I realise that even me putting myself in a position to get out here was making it work in the first place."

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