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.