Eastern Ranges mid becomes club’s first AFLW player


HAWTHORN has signed its first player ahead of joining the AFLW in 2023, with Eastern Ranges midfielder Bridget Deed joining the club.

Deed – who turns 19 in March – has been in scintillating form for the Ranges in the first month of the competition, averaging 31.5 eliminations, 7.5 tackles and 5.3 in the 50s.

The 167cm midfielder was also part of Hawthorn’s VFLW program over the summer and represented the Ranges in 2021 and 2020.

Bridget Deed in action for Vic Metro in 2021. Photo: Getty Images

“Bridget has played at an extremely high level in about the first month of the NAB League,” AFLW roster manager Mitchell Cashion said.

“She is a proven midfielder who can impact the game both inside and out.

“She uses it as well, with her left kick an obvious strength in her game.

“We think she has huge potential, so we’re looking forward to seeing her development in our program.”

Although the finer details of expansion club signings have yet to be made public, there are four general categories through which players can be added:

  • Open Age Signings: Players who have already been nominated for the NAB AFLW Draft and are not on a roster
  • Under 18 talent from their NGA region. There will be a limit to this category, yet to be determined
  • Signing and Trading Period: After expansion signing period. Expansion clubs cannot trade players they have signed through other mechanisms
  • NAB AFLW Project

Expansion clubs will receive the top eight picks from the state-based draft, with the order determined randomly.

They will then receive the remaining picks at the end of each round, following the existing 14 clubs.

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