With the 2021 season only a month away, AFLW pre-season training is well underway.
Who are some of the new faces you can expect to see on the track in 2021?
Prolific midfielder and two-time All-Australian Elise O’Dea made her way to Carlton after a trade was secured with Melbourne.
Being the first player to be drafted to the inaugural AFLW Melbourne side, O'Dea played all 28 games, averaging 18 disposals a game.
Her maturity and leadership makes O’Dea the perfect addition to what is currently an exciting midfield group, consisting of reigning AFLW MVP Madison Prespakis and last year’s first-round selections Lucy McEvoy and Grace Egan.
Maddy Guerin make her way to Ikon Park with teammate Elise O’Dea after a trade between Carlton and Melbourne.
Guerin played six games for the Demons since being selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NAB AFLW draft following an impressive junior career with the Northern Knights.
The 20-year-old is also a talented athlete who has competed at state level in the 100-metre sprint, long jump and triple jump.
Having a strong connection to Carlton from her Northern Knights days, Guerin will slot in comfortably to the 2021 Carlton squad.
Carlton completed a trade with Gold Coast that saw Charlotte Hammans coming to Ikon Park in 2021.
The 19-year-old was one of three inaugural AFLW signings for the Gold Coast in its first season, having enjoyed a stellar junior career, as evidenced by her four goals in five games for Queensland in the 2018 National Championships and selection in the Under 18 All-Australian squad.
She was also a rising star through her school football career, winning three Queensland State Championships for South Coast.
Hammans will bring elite skill, athleticism and speed to the Game Changers in 2021, hoping to make her mark inside 50.
Mimi Hill was selected at pick No.12 in the 2020 NAB AFL Women’s Draft, being recruited from the Oakleigh Chargers.
Highly regarded by her coaches, Hill is a hard worker and natural leader as shown during her NAB League career.
The youngster’s speed and class with ball in hand will be welcomed by the Blues, as well as her clean hands and developed craft around stoppages.
While Hill has played the majority of her footy on the wing, she can also transition across half back, making her a powerful utility player for the Club.
Carlton selected defence utility Daisy Walker with pick No.28 in the 2020 NAB AFL Women’s Draft.
Joining Carlton from the Sandringham Dragons, Walker joins the Blues as a standout talent after just three seasons playing football, since starting her sporting journey as a basketball player.
Walker demonstrated a marked improvement between her 2019 and 2020 NAB League seasons, making selectors take note of her work-rate and dedication.
With natural athletic ability, elite endurance and speed, Walker is set to add vital run off half back as the Blues gear up for their fifth AFLW campaign.
Winnie Laing joined the Game Changers after being selected with pick No.36 in the 2020 NAB AFL Women’s Draft.
A natural-born leader, Laing is a talented midfielder who captained the Sandringham Dragons side.
Laing originally came from a basketball background, but was a standout performer in the three NAB League rounds of 2020.
Known for her competitiveness and hard-working nature during her junior career, Laing will hope to be a dominant midfielder alongside Maddy Prespakis in 2021.