Carlton captain Brianna Davey joins Magpies


“I can’t thank Carlton enough for giving me my first opportunity in AFLW colours. The club has such a genuine approach to women’s football and I wouldn’t be playing at the standard I am today without their support,” Davey said on Friday.

“Looking forward, I’m thrilled to be pulling on the black and white and really keen to start to get to know the girls and add to what is an exciting future at the Holden Centre.”

Davey is understood to have shocked the Blues when she made clear her intentions to move to Collingwood not long after the end of the season.

She had been courted by the Pies last year, before Blues coach Daniel Harfold convinced her to stay.

Harfold said that going foward, loyalty was paramount for the Blues.

“Brianna was a good player at our football club during her time here and brought a lot to Carlton during the first three seasons of our program,” he said.

“This group was so close to the ultimate success last season and to take the next step we need a fully committed playing group, striving for the same goal.”

Davey is the third skipper to change sides this AFLW draft, with Bulldogs co-captain Katie Brennan joining Richmond and Brisbane captain Leah Kaslar going to Gold Coast.

Brisbane also lost their vice-captain Sam Virgo to Gold Coast, leaving the Lions in a precarious position.

The trade period saw a number of notable players make their way to Punt Road, including All-Australians Monique Conti from the Bulldogs and Christina Bernadi from GWS, and Brisbane Lions gun foward Sabrina Frederick.

A number of fan favourites have been delisted, including North Melbourne veteran Moana Hope, and Adelaide’s Jenna McCormick who left to pursue a soccer career.

Yan is a reporter for The Age.

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