In finalising the club's playing list for the upcoming AFLW season the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos have confirmed the delistings of inaugural players Britt Gibson and Elisha King, and the retirement of Tara Slender.

Gibson was part of the first ever North Melbourne AFLW side that took to the field in 2019. Capable of playing anywhere across the ground, her leadership and experience within the game have proved to be crucial building blocks for the program as it has progressed. 

She departs the club having recovered from a serious hamstring injury to represent the North's VFLW side in 2022 where she was an integral part in the team's late push for finals.

Britt Gibson celebrates a goal with Emma Kearney in Round 1, 2019 against Carlton - North's first ever AFLW game.

She leaves having played 14 senior games for the club.

King proved herself to be an exciting utility for North Melbourne across her 10 AFLW appearances, however injury has unfortunately restricted her ability to get onto the park in the last two seasons.

After recovering from a serious hamstring injury sustained ahead of the 2021 season, King showed great application to get herself fit for 2022 before an ACL rupture ruled her out of her second straight campaign.

Slender spent just the one season on the list in 2021, and retires without having played a senior game.

Tara Slender in action during a training session at Arden Street.

AFLW list and performance manager Rhys Harwood has extended the club's gratitude to all three players.

"Gibbo has been a popular member of our AFLW family from the beginning, she’s given her all to the club and we are grateful for all she’s provided us," Harwood said.

"She's been an integral part of our program and her status as the club's second ever Shinboner is something that will go down in history. We've been lucky to have her, and she will always be a North Melbourne person. Whilst we haven’t been able to see her take the field over the last few seasons, the leadership and guidance she has provided to our players has been invaluable. Gibbo has left a special mark on our club, and is a Shinboner and proud Tasmanian through and through.

"Elisha has been incredibly unlucky during her time with us, having spent a lot of time in rehab. We will continue to support Elisha through her current rehab program and support her in any way we can as she works towards her goal of another AFLW opportunity in future. We have no doubt with her application and work-rate, we will see her back in the AFLW system in no time.

Elisha King of the Kangaroos during the 2020 AFLW Round 01 match between the Melbourne Demons and the North Melbourne Kangaroos.

"Tara has made the difficult decision to step away from AFLW to focus on and prioritise other areas of her life. We fully support her decision and wish her well in the future."


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