The Sydney Swans AFLW side have made three signings to strengthen their list, highlighted by former Carlton and GWS forward Rebecca Privitelli.
Young athlete of the North Shore Bombers Zoe Hurrell, and Inner West Magpies midfielder Ella Heads have also signed on the dotted line ahead of the Swans' inaugural season in the AFLW competition.
The Swans are one of four new expansion teams to round out the competition, with Port Adelaide, Essendon and Hawthorn joining the league for the new season.
The Swans' list is starting to come together, which has excited the AFLW Executive General Manager, Kate Mahony.
"With the 2022 AFLW season now complete we’re full steam ahead building our list, and it’s incredibly exciting to be able to add experienced talent," Mahony said.
"Rebecca Privitelli is a senior signing. We know she will be one of many to bring with her a wealth of experience, having played at the highest level of professional women’s footy.
"Our first Sydney Swans AFLW side is taking shape and we look forward to making further announcements in the coming weeks."
Privitelli highlights the recruits, with the 27-year old having previously been drafted by Carlton, playing five games with the club, before making the move to the Giants where she added a further 16 games of experience to her resume.
The key forward is excited to link up with head coach Scott Gowans having previously worked with Gowans at Carlton.
"I’ve worked with Scotty previously and when I saw he was going to be head coach it was a massive part of my attraction to the club. I think he’s a great coach and I think he’s going to do some incredible things, not just for the club, but also for footy in Sydney," Privitelli said.
"I’m excited to start something fresh and from the beginning, and be a part of building the club culture and growing with the club going forward. The Bloods culture is well known across Sydney and it’s something I’ve always aspired to be a part of, so that’s really exciting as well."
Versatile midfielder Zoe Hurrell has an impressive resume at just 20 years old, having represented NSW/ACT and the Eastern Allies, as well as the Under 19s Swans Academy team, and is keen to take the next step into the AFLW competition.
"It’s so surreal, I’m really grateful to be given this opportunity and be part of such a great club," the 20-year old said.
"I started playing footy when I was 11, when youth girls footy came to Sydney. I went through the NSW/ACT pathway, played in the state teams and the Allies. I missed out in the draft when I was 18, and now finally, I’m here.
"As a player I’m quite versatile – I’ll happily play anywhere, but my strengths are definitely either end of the ground, especially half-back because I like reading the play."
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Young midfielder Ella Heads has also been apart of the Under 19 Swans Academy, and has impressed for the Inner West Magpies, winning the Under 18 Best and Fairest, which has prepared her well for the AFLW standard of play.
"I’m incredibly excited to join the Sydney Swans. They were my Academy team growing up through juniors, and to go back to my home club and pull on the guernsey is such an honour," Heads said.
"I was part of the inaugural team for the Under 19s competition in 2021, and also played for the Swans in the Summer Series this year. When the Swans opened up the QBE Sydney Swans Academy last year, I got to experience the rich culture at the club and I am really excited to be joining the red and white."
The Swans will kick off their first season in the AFLW competition, which is rumoured to be starting in August, with the fixture yet to be announced.