North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos star Ash Riddell has signed a new four-year deal that will see her in the royal blue and white until at least the end of 2027.
Overlooked in the first two AFLW drafts, Riddell earned her opportunity at the highest level in 2019 with the Kangaroos’ entry into the competition.
She has since played 56 games and become one of the most prolific ball-winners in the competition, ranked No.1 for disposals in 2023.
The 27-year-old recorded 30-plus disposals on eight occasions, including a season-high 37 in Round 6 against Fremantle, was second for ground ball gets and earned All-Australian honours for the third time in her career as she helped steer the Kangaroos to their first AFLW Grand Final.
Riddell joins fellow inaugural Roo Jasmine Garner in recommitting to the club long-term after Garner also extended her stay at Arden Street until at least the end of 2027 last month.
North Melbourne head of women’s football Nathan Hrovat expressed the club’s excitement to have another key player in Riddell re-sign.
"We are thrilled to retain the services of a player like Ash for four more years," Hrovat said.
"Ash had another outstanding season in 2023 and continues to drive high standards with her work rate and dedication.
"She has become an important leader in our program, and we look forward to watching her take her game even further over the coming years."