Emma Kearney and Jasmine Garner have led the way for a spate of re-signings for the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos following on from best and fairest winner Ash Riddell's recommitment to the club.
Kearney, alongside fellow All-Australian Jas Garner, have joined Riddell in signing on for the next two seasons.
The future of the club has also been locked away with 2022 Rising Star nominees Bella Eddey and Mia King adding an extra year to their deals, joining Tess Craven and the key position quartet of Brooke Brown, Jas Ferguson, Kim Rennie and Dani Hardiman in committing to the club for the next two seasons.
A raft of Kangaroos have also recommitted for season seven, with the list of players headlined by reigning Mark of the Year winner Tahlia Randall.
Nicole Bresnehan will continue her rise at the club after being promoted to the leadership group and named Clubwoman of the Year in season six, and 2021 draftee Ella Maurer will look to continue her development after recommitting for one season. Ever-reliable defender Sarah Wright has also signed on for season seven, whilst up and coming winger Amy Smith, and forwards Sophie Abbatangelo and Grace Campbell have also extended their contracts for the upcoming season.
AFLW list and performance manager Rhys Harwood says the club is delighted to have kept its core nucleus of players together.
“To have so many of our players committed to coming back to Arden Street is a fantastic result for the club and demonstrates the belief the playing group has in the direction we are headed,” Harwood said.
“Given the overlay of AFLW expansion there was clearly strong interest in a number of our players from other teams, and we are thrilled that this group has committed to staying together to take this team forward.
“We are delighted that our leaders have all committed to the club. To have Kearns, Jas and Ash sign for an additional two seasons is incredibly exciting and a credit to the culture that they have helped create within our program.
“We are really excited about the continued development of a number of our players. Tahlia Randall continues to improve and show us the type of forward she will become after a positional change this season. Mia King and Bella Eddey both took their games to a new level this season, and Tess Craven and Ella Maurer’s attitudes and work-ethic in their first season were fantastic. We think all will be significant players for this club for a long time and as such are delighted they have signed on.
“Jas Ferguson, Sarah Wright and Brooke Brown all played important roles in our defensive-end and we are wrapped they have committed. As established talls, Dani and Kim continue to perform to a high level and are much-loved members of our team. We were really pleased with Amy Smith’s development and exposure at AFLW level, whilst Grace and Abba continue to be consistent performers in our side.
“After a disappointing finish to last season, we reviewed all areas of our program thoroughly, and made some really tough decisions on where we want to get to as a program and team.
“With the unique overlay of AFLW expansion, and the expansion points system, we made a number of strong decisions about the direction of our team, centred around taking our performance to the next level. Along with retaining the core drivers of our group, a strong priority for us was to hold our place in the early rounds of the draft, which clearly meant we needed to be open to more elevated levels of player movement and turnover than what we have been previously.
“We now hold five selections inside the first 30 Victorian picks at the upcoming draft, and are looking forward to welcoming a new group of players to our club in a few weeks' time.”
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Committed for two seasons:
3 Bella Eddey
5 Tess Craven
7 Ash Riddell
9 Emma Kearney
20 Jasmine Ferguson
23 Mia King
25 Jasmine Garner
26 Kim Rennie
31 Danielle Hardiman
36 Brooke Brown
Committed for one season:
1 Sophie Abbatangelo
6 Alice O'Loughlin
12 Nicole Bresnehan
15 Amy Smith
16 Tahlia Randall
17 Sarah Wright
19 Ella Maurer
22 Ellie Gavalas
24 Perri King
35 Jenna Bruton
43 Grace Campbell
60 Emma King