PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 16: Erin Phillips #31 of the Phoenix Mercury reacts after scoring against the Los Angeles Sparks during the first half of the WNBA game at US Airways Center on August 16, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The AFL’s campaign to snare female athletes from other sports has already bore fruit.

Olympic basketballer Erin Phillips has committed to Port Adelaide’s women team for the 2017 debut season.

Phillips, who has won two WNBA titles and a silver medal with the Opals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is currently focused on preparing for next year’s Olympics, however, is excited at the prospect of playing for Port.

“My first and foremost priority is the Opals, and to make it to the Olympics in 2016,” Phillips said.

“This announcement hasn’t changed my passion and commitment for basketball or Australia — it’s my No. 1 priority right now.

“(However), the chance to follow in Dad’s footsteps and play for the club is something that I’m really excited about doing.

“Obviously the competition is two years away and there are many unknowns, but I’m proud to be offered this opportunity to play for Port one day, and to be part of the journey.”

The AFL is yet to confirm how the new competition will look or which clubs will partake, with the Power now needing to win the right to feature in the competition’s inaugural season.


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