Collingwood has signed AFLW standout Aliesha Newman for the 2021 season in a trade involving three clubs.
Collingwood has received picks 31 and 45 in the AFLW national draft in a deal that saw Sarah D’Arcy and Sarah Dargan head to Richmond.
Newman arrives at the Pies from Melbourne, who will receive in exchange Collingwood’s pick 10. The trade also saw Collingwood receive Melbourne’s pick 11.
This trade was made in conjunction with Richmond receiving former Melbourne player Harriet Cordner and Melbourne receiving pick 17.
Newman tallied 25 games for the Demons across four seasons and has gained a reputation as one of the league’s best small forwards.
This year the foundation player proudly designed Melbourne’s Indigenous guernsey. On and off the field the 24-year-old is a key role model for the youth of AFLW and aspiring female athletes.
Newman thanked Melbourne for her first AFLW opportunity.
“I’d like to thank everyone from the Melbourne Football Club – the staff, my teammates and the supports for the last four years and allowing me to live out my childhood dream,” Newman said.
“To everyone involved at Collingwood, I’m so excited to be coming on board. I am ready to take the next step in my career, to challenge myself and create something special at the Pies.”
Collingwood’s GM of Women’s Sport, Jane Woodlands-Thompson, said Newman’s wealth of experience will enrich the program.
“As a foundation AFLW player, Aliesha’s leadership and off-field initiatives are qualities of a key role model who will be highly valued amongst the group,” Woodlands-Thompson said.
“We thank the two clubs involved, especially Melbourne, for cooperating in a fair deal for all.”
D’Arcy and Dargan depart Collingwood after four and three seasons, respectively.
A Collingwood foundation player, D’Arcy played 24 games for the side and kicked 10 goals.
Dargan played 14 games with the Pies and was recognised for her 2019 performance with a nomination for the AFLW Rising Star award.
Woodlands-Thompson wished the pair well in their departure.
“We understand their decision to seek further opportunities elsewhere and thank both for their contribution to the club during their time at the Holden Centre,” Woodlands-Thompson said.