MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26: Jess Jones of North Melbourne tackles Dom Carbone of Hawthorn during the round six VFLW match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Trevor Barker Beach Oval on March 26, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

Essendon's bubbling AFLW list has been boosted with Collingwood utility Sophie Alexander signing on for 2022.

Alexander adds to a list that already includes Maddy Presparkis and Georgia Gee from Carlton, Bonnie Toogood from the Bulldogs, Stephanie Cain from Fremantle, and their current VFLW co-captain Georgia Nanscawen.

Essendon's general manager of football Josh Mahoney believes Alexander's sporting journey will significantly support the Bombers' young list.

“Sophie is another great addition to our AFLW side. Since swapping over from basketball, she has worked hard to develop her game, which reflects her strong work ethic and determination to improve,” Mahoney said.

“She will be a great asset and will contribute to our club standards on and off the field.”

Essendon AFLW player contract manager Georgia Harvey said the young utility "brings a different perspective to the game...At 178cm, Sophie provides flexibility at either end."

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Alexander played 11 games in 2022, averaging 5.6 disposals and kicking six goals for the year.

Over at Waverley, Hawthorn has taken an exciting step forward to their inaugural AFLW season, signing onballer Dominique Carbone.

Hailing from the Northern Territory, the 20-year-old is an intense basketballer and tenacious midfielder.

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Carbone finished the VFLW season with 180 disposals at 18 per game, along with 80.6 fantasy points, and hit the scoreboard kicking eight goals.

"Dom boasts a high workrate and is a high-endurance player that creates a lot of scoring opportunities for her teammates," AFLW List Manager Mitchell Cashion said on

Carbone is the Hawks' fourth signing heading into their inaugural AFLW season, following Bridget Deed, Zoe Barbakos and Sophie Locke.