With four new expansion sides joining the competition, off-season moves have been aplenty with Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Sydney eager to build their inaugural rosters with established talent.
After 33 games with the Giants, Stephenson heads south to continue to ply her trade in the backline - already locking down a spot in the strengthening Hawks side.
“Lou is a professional in the way she goes about it and will play as our number one key defender,” Hawthorn AFLW List Manager Mitchell Cashion said.
“We know she can shut down players but we can also trust her ball use and decision-making.”
Two more guns have been added to our AFLW list. 🙌
Welcome on board, Sarah and Louise. ✨
— hawthornfc.womens (@hawthornwomens) May 17, 2022
“Sarah is a proven goal-kicker and former All-Australian full-forward,” Cashion said.
“She is a fan favourite in the Hawthorn community and will finally get to pull on the jumper of the team she’s supported since she was a child.
“We look forward to her reuniting with Bec Goddard, who gave Sarah her chance in the AFLW back in 2016.”
The 23-year-old has been a regular at the Giants since their inaugural season in 2017, playing 41 games across her time in the game.
“We’re really pleased to hear that Erin has expressed interest in joining us for the season ahead,” St Kilda's Head of AFLW Tessie McManus said.
“There is still some ground to cover, but we look forward to working with the Giants with the goal of welcoming Erin to the Saints as soon as possible."
While a start date for the competition, or trade periods, are still yet to be confirmed by the league, clubs are reportedly preparing for kickoff in August.