Erin Phillips leaves Adelaide Crows for AFLW crosstown rivals Port Adelaide

AFLW star Erin Phillips has finally decided on her future, leaving the Adelaide Crows to play with cross-town rivals Port Adelaide.

The decision gives Port Adelaide a marquee player ahead of their first season in the league later this year, and sets up a highly-anticipated first AFLW Showdown between the rival Adelaide clubs.

Phillips, who turns 37 next month, is widely regarded as the best player to compete in the AFLW in its six-year history.

She came to the Crows for the league’s inaugural season in 2017 after switching from basketball where she won two WNBA titles, a FIBA Women’s World basketball gold medal and played at two Olympic Games, winning a silver medal.

She has won two AFLW best and fairest and three premierships with the Crows — the latest last month when Adelaide beat Brisbane in this year’s grand final.

As soon as Port Adelaide was confirmed as an expansion team, speculation began about Phillips returning to the club where her father Greg was captain and won eight SANFL premierships, playing 343 games between 1976 and 1993.

After this year’s grand final, Phillips told ABC she did not know what she was doing for next season, and that the decider could be her last game of football.

Author: Ivan Robinson