Eagles, Saints unveil first AFLW signings

AFL Nation - Wed, 30th Jan 2019 - 0 Comments

St Kilda and the West Coast Eagles have announced their first AFLW signings ahead of their entry into the competition in 2020.

The Saints have recruited inside midfielder Alison Brown, who hails from St Kilda’s VFLW side, the Southern Saints.

The 21-year-old averaged 19.6 disposals from 11 games, and came fifth in the Saints’ best and fairest.

She was previously on Carlton’s AFLW list in 2017 before getting delisted at the end of the season.

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The Eagles recruited 17-year-old duo Mikayla Bowen and Rosie Deegan, who have both represented Western Australia at the AFLW Under-18 Championships.

The pair featured in the West Australian squad in 2017 and 2018.

Bowen made the All-Australian squad at the conclusion of last year’s championships, while Deegan didn’t play any matches due to basketball commitments.

Deegan is a key position player that hails from Claremont, while Bowen, an inside midfielder, plays for the Swan Districts.

The Saints and Eagles will enter the AFL Women’s competition in 2020 alongside Richmond and the Gold Coast Suns.

The Suns and the Tigers are yet to sign a player ahead of their entry into the competition.

All four clubs can sign up to seven open-age players who nominated for the 2018 AFLW Draft, and up to three players who are born in 2001.

Brown falls into the open-age category while Bowen and Deegan are born in 2001.