Chloe Molloy to be Collingwood Magpies’ ‘x-factor’ according to captain Steph Chiocci

“Chloe can play anywhere on the field. She is that x-factor for us. She has been training in most lines. We will play her where we see best fit for the weekend,” Chiocci said on Thursday.

“Having her back from injury as well as having Bree Davey come across from Carlton is really exciting for us. We want to penetrate the scoreboard as best we can, whether she [Molloy] is playing midfield or forward, I am sure she can do that.”

Molloy had quickly emerged as one of the league’s premier defenders in 2018 before her injury.


She spent last season as an opposition analyst but under new coach Steve Symonds is looking forward to having an on-field impact.

Chiocci, 31, is also keen to make a splash, having put her job as a school teacher on hold to pursue her athletic dream. Her drive through the midfield will be a key for the Magpies.

“I am getting older so I needed that time off work to recover. It was a tough call to take some time off from teaching but I think for me personally I want to be the best athlete I can,” she said.

“Hopefully, that helps the team. The club has been really supportive of that as well. They have employed me there for a couple of days a week just to help out but really looking forward to getting out there.”

The Magpies have begun their three AFLW seasons with at least three-straight defeats, and are desperate to rebound from last year’s bottom placing in conference B.

“We can’t wait to get back to our spiritual home and kick off the season against West Coast, a new team in the competition,” Chiocci said.


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