AFLW expansion promising to be a boost for new and previously overlooked talent

Ash Riddell grimaces as she punches a yellow AFL ball out of her hand

A common argument against the rapid expansion of the AFLW is that it spreads talent too thinly.

After the league’s maiden season in 2017, the key factors in the AFL Commission’s decision to delay its expansion by 12 months included wanting to grow the talent pool, as well as easing concerns about its elite players being spread too sparsely across the league.

With four new clubs entering the competition this season, which begins in August, there are 120 new spots in the incoming Essendon, Hawthorn, Sydney and Port Adelaide sides.

This has already seen some stars of the league swap guernsey colours, including league best and fairest Maddy Prespakis, who has moved from Carlton to Essendon, and three-time premiership player Erin Phillips, who has headed across town from Adelaide to Port Adelaide.

Author: Ivan Robinson