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AFLW: Tasmanian talents

Nicole Bresnehan and Daria Bannister are the latest North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos to re-sign after impressive seasons in the royal blue and white stripes.

Bresnehan has been secured until at least the end of 2021.

“I’m really excited to be on board for another two years,” Bresnehan told The Mercury.

“At first I was surprised about it being two years, but it gives a lot of reassurance and alleviates some pressure going into next season.” 

Bresnehan had an immediate impact in her first season, after being selected with the club’s last draft pick at No.61 in 2018, and believes the talent pool in the state is getting deeper.

“This year showed there is talent in Tassie. I train with a lot of girls down here who are really high chances of getting drafted next year, which I think is great,” she said.

“We have a pathway in place and it’s for any girl now and that definitely wasn’t the case a couple of years ago,” she added.

Launceston product Bannister made a successful recovery from an ACL injury and is hoping for an injury-free run.

"We had a very successful year, so to be able to play the last two games with them was a highlight being a part of the club," Bannister told the Examiner.

"They managed my rehab really well and it was an easy decision to come back. I'm glad I've signed and will be a part of it in 2020.

"It has built my confidence going into the next season and from here it's just building on my strength and making sure I come back better.”

Bannister said she’d look to play a few games in the state league (TSLW) depending on advice from North’s medical team.

"They will monitor me throughout the whole season so I'll play a couple of games here or there," she said.

"Obviously, I want to get a couple of games under my belt, but I will keep the communication open with North to see what happens from here on."