Collingwood’s 2020 AFLW best and fairest winner Jaimee Lambert is one of seven more Magpies to sign on for the 2021 season.
Lambert has been joined by Collingwood’s 2020 co-vice-captain Brianna Davey, foundation players Stacey Livingstone and Sophie Casey, as well as 2017 draftee Kristy Stratton and 2018 draftees Jordan Membrey and Sophie Alexander.
Over the last 16 months, Lambert has twice won Collingwood’s AFLW best and fairest award, won her second Collingwood VFLW best and fairest award and shared in the club’s VFLW premiership. The 27-year-old also won 2020 All-Australian honours.
Lambert held the highest amount of disposals, contested possessions, clearances and tackles for the Pies in 2020.
The midfielder has not missed a game with Collingwood since she moved to the club from the Western Bulldogs in 2017. She has played 27 games across a four year career.
Davey joined Collingwood during last years’ AFLW trade and sign period.
The co-vice-captain finished third in Collingwood’s 2020 AFLW best and fairest count. The 25-year-old averaged 21 disposals at a 72 per cent efficiency rate.
Along with Collingwood’s 2020 Captain Steph Chiocci, and fellow co-vice-captain Ash Brazill, Davey had a profound effect on the group.
Chiocci and Brazill had earlier signed on for next season.
Livingstone and Casey joined Lambert and Davey in Collingwood’s 2019 VFLW premiership success. Livingstone was awarded the Lisa Hardeman Medal for best on ground.
The pair played every match of the 2020 AFLW season, their fourth.
Membrey won Collingwood’s 2020 leading goal kicker award.
Collingwood has now secured 20 members of its 2021 squad.
Collingwood’s GM of Women’s Sport, Jane Woodlands-Thompson, said today’s signings reflect the optimism surrounding the program.
“Leaders and leading performers wanting to stay and invest in the program is really encouraging,” Woodlands-Thompson said.
“Having now retained 17 of last years’ list, 2021 is an opportunity to further build on this season’s progress.
“In the program’s early years our strategy was to invest in the draft. To see these draftees recommit and now enter into their third and fourth years is vindication for that strategy.”