Huntington wants to trade AFLW with Giants
Western Bulldogs forward Isabel Huntington wants an AFLW trade with GWS, saying it’s a tough decision due to off-field factors.
His trade request highlights the pressures on AFLW players, who are mostly part-timers and have had the added burden this season of COVID-19 protocols.
The Bulldogs announced his trade request the same week captain Ellie Blackburn and star Kirsty Lamb confirmed they would stay at the club.
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Huntington, the first draft pick in 2017, has been out of action since early January due to his third knee reconstruction.
One of the league’s top talents has been named an All Australian and won the Best and Fairest Club and Rising Star awards for his 2020 season.
“Requesting a transfer to the Doggies has been an incredibly difficult decision and one that has been subject to very careful consideration,” Huntington said in a club statement.
“Ultimately, however, the decision to move is not football-related.
“Having recently started the long rehabilitation process for my third ACL injury, in combination with the current part-time nature of competition, it has become increasingly clear to me that I cannot make life decisions alone. soccer-based.
“With the possibility of advancing my studies and off-road work on the highway, it’s the right decision for me at this time.”
Huntington, 23, works in medical research.
She added that she had “absolutely loved” her five years with the Bulldogs and was sad to leave, a sentiment shared by the club.
The Bulldogs have also made it clear that they expect proper compensation for such a talented player.
“It’s disappointing for us to lose someone like Izzy, who has been a solid performer on the pitch and an established leader off it, and with such a bright future as a player ahead of her,” the boss of the club said. Bulldogs women’s football, Debbie Lee.
“We fully understand Izzy’s need to move to Sydney for educational and non-football related reasons, and we wish her the best of luck.
“Given Izzy’s position in the game, his achievements to date and the club’s investment in his development, we will work hard to ensure we are compensated appropriately through the player movement structure. of the AFLW.”