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Carlton has continued to strengthen its AFLW stocks after reaching an agreement with Brisbane to welcome Tayla Harris to the Blues. 

The complex trade made on Thursday sees Harris arrive at Carlton along with the Western Bulldogs’ pick 12 in the 2018 AFLW National Draft.

To secure Harris, the Blues traded three of their inaugural players - Bella Ayre and Nat Exon to Brisbane and Bianca Jakobsson to Melbourne.

Carlton AFLW coach Damien Keeping said he was delighted to have secured the star forward's services.

"It’s a real endorsement for our club to have a player of the calibre of Tayla wanting to be a part of our journey," Keeping said.

"She was the leading contested marker in the competition this season and we will look to capitalise on that strength all over the ground." 

Initially recruited to Brisbane as the Lions’ first marquee player in 2016, Harris lived up to expectation across the inaugural women’s season. 

The 20-year-old finished the year with an average of seven disposals as well as a total of 23 marks and four goals. 


The promising forward, who led the league for contested marks in 2017, becomes the second inaugural AFLW player to join the Blues during the 2017 AFLW Trade Period, joining former Collingwood best-and-fairest winner Nicola Stevens at Ikon Park.