The North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos have moved to secure their midfield future, agreeing to terms with draftee Perri King for an additional season.
AFLW clubs are given a two-week window, post-draft, to sign players to one or two-year contacts. Several North draftees signed two year contracts during this time.
Selected with the 43rd pick in the recent NAB AFLW Draft, King was recruited from Glenorchy, having also represented North’s VFLW side last season.
Recruited as an inside midfielder, she will look to make her mark on an already strong midfield group.
AFLW list and performance manager Rhys Harwood says the club was looking forward to seeing King learn from her more experienced teammates over the next few seasons.
“Like all young players, she’ll (King) take a little bit of time to adapt, but she’s come up from Tassie and she’s learning and applying herself really well in training so far,” Harwood told North Media.
“She’ll learn her craft in our midfield line, and she’s certainly got a great group to learn from in there.
“There’s a lot of upside in what we can do with her footy IQ, and lots of scope to improve her game.”
As the AFLW enters its fifth season, the competition has reached a point of longevity where some of the league’s youngest players have been watching the competition since before they were teenagers.
At just 18 years of age, King has grown up idolising some of the competition’s most experienced campaigners, specifically her new teammate Jas Garner.
Harwood says the development of those early interactions between young players and their older teammates shows just how far the competition has come.
“Because these young players have been able to watch the likes of Jas (Garner), (Emma) Kearney, and some of these more established players for a while now, it’s fantastic to see them meet, and get to play with some of their idols,” he said.
“Perri has fit in really well, and she’s part of the group now, and is looking forward to getting stuck in to pre-season”