THE Carlton Football Club can confirm that Mia Austin, Jess Good, and Erone Fitzpatrick will remain in the Navy Blue until at least the end of 2026.
Joining them will be Amelia Velardo, Brooke Vickers and Maddy Hendrie have also signed on, until at least the end of 2025.
Austin emerged as one of Carlton’s leading forwards this season, finishing as Carlton's leading goalkicker with 11 goals to her name.
After missing most of season seven following a serious injury, the 19-year-old returned to the side with something to prove.
Earning a Rising Star nomination in Round 8 and placing amongst the top players in the competition for contested marks, Austin impressed all season, earning selection in the 22under22 team.
Good, a cross-code athlete from Adelaide, made her way to the Blues in 2022 and has gone from strength to strength since day one.
Playing most of her football in the ruck alongside All-Australian Brea Moody, the self-proclaimed ‘Good Mood’ duo has become a fan favourite to watch.
With the ability to also impact in front of and behind the ball, Good’s development has been on full display this season, with her best performance coming in Round 6 against the Western Bulldogs (19 disposals, 17 hitouts, five clearances, one goal).
Originating from County Laois, Fitzpatrick made an immediate impact in her debut season, earning her the Rookie of The Year award at Carlton’s AFLW Best and Fairest night.
Quickly earning the respect of her teammates, Fitzpatrick has shown a natural talent with the Sherrin in hand, placing equal third in the Club’s goalkicking tally.
A lifelong Bluebagger, Velardo arrived at the Blues in 2022 after spending two seasons at Collingwood.
Establishing herself as a tough competitor, Velardo embodied Carlton’s contested game style this season throughout her 10 appearances this season, absorbing heavy hits in the contest while still making a positive impact on the game.
Velardo utilises her quick feet and clean hands to move the ball efficiently, playing down back as well as through the midfield in 2023.
Her skill was most evident in the Blue’s Round 8 match against Essendon, where Velardo amassed career-best totals in disposals (17), kicks (13), and metres gained (351).
Joining the Blues through the 2021 AFLW Draft, Vickers has now become a pivotal member of the Blues side.
At just 20 years of age, Vickers hasn’t missed a game for the Blues in the last two seasons. A quiet achiever, Vickers is often doing plenty of work off the ball to help her side stationed on the wing.
Vickers came out raring in the side's first match in 2023, helping the team get the first win of the season. It was statistically a career-best game for Vickers, who collected 14 disposals (all of which were kicks), took six marks and gained 284 metres.
Arriving at Carlton earlier this year with pick No.9 in the AFLW Supplementary Draft, Hendrie played six matches for the Blues in her debut campaign.
An emerging young defender, Hendrie is known for her strong overhead marking ability and versatility to play across the field, featuring down back as well as being stationed on the wing throughout the season.
Standing at 180 centimetres, Hendrie has a knack for reading the ball in the air, which combined with her natural athleticism is a real threat.
Head of AFLW Ash Naulty said having these talented players sign on is really rewarding for all involved at the Club and reinforces the trust in the program that Carlton is building.
“Each have an infectious inner drive and a genuine love for the game that rubs off on others around them,” Naulty said.
“We are excited to see what the next few years holds for each of these players, and equally exciting that our fans are able to watch each of these players run out in the Navy Blue over the next few years.”