NORTH Melbourne has continued its bold assault on the AFLW, landing two Melbourne players in its first move this trade period.
The Kangaroos received defender Jasmine Grierson, utility Emma Humphries and Pick 54 in exchange for picks 12 and 47.
In giving up its first pick in the upcoming draft, North Melbourne won’t have access to talent until Pick 25.
But the move is in line with the club’s proactive approach to its list build, with the club already procuring a plethora of established talent, including 2018 AFLW best and fairest Emma Kearney (Western Bulldogs).
Four Brisbane players — including speedster Kaitlyn Ashmore — have also signed on with the club, while All-Australian ruck Emma King (Collingwood) and premiership Bulldog Jenna Bruton headline the other inclusions.
Grierson will join the likes of Tahlia Randall (Brisbane), Danielle Hardiman (Carlton) and Kate Gillespie-Jones (Carlton) in the Kangaroos’ inaugural AFLW backline.
But club list manager Rhys Harwood suggested Grierson could also push into the midfield.
“We believe she will continue to develop and build on her terrific start to her AFLW career,” Harwood said.
“She will give us a different look with her flexibility, and ability inside the contest.
“Above all, Jas is an outstanding person who we couldn’t be more excited to bring to the club.”
Tasmanian-born Humphries will also bring two years of AFLW experience to the Kangaroos, while enhancing the club’s affiliation with the Apple Isle.
“She has established herself as one of the premier players in the Tasmanian State League Women’s (TSLW) so she will be an important player for us and will serve as an important role model to the young Tasmanian players and AFLW hopefuls,” Harwood said.
“It will be really special when Emma has the opportunity to return to Tassie and play in front of her home crowd next season.”