Collingwood has signed key forward Sabrina Frederick for the 2021/22 AFLW season as part of a draft picks and player swap with Richmond Football Club.
Collingwood has received picks 26 and 55 in the upcoming AFLW national draft in exchange for the club’s selection 16 and 48, with Frederick crossing to the Magpies and Maddie Shevlin heading to Richmond.
Frederick arrives at the Pies following 15 games over two seasons with the Tigers.
Collingwood will be the 24-year-old’s third AFLW club, having been drafted in 2016 by Brisbane.
Frederick played 23 games for the Lions across three seasons, two of which saw her named in the All-Australian team.
Since her debut and the AFLW’s inaugural round in 2017, Frederick has not missed an AFLW game.
Frederick thanked Richmond for her time at Punt Rd.
“I would like to thank the Richmond Football Club for the last two years,” Frederick said.
“I was really fortunate to be given the opportunity to move to Melbourne and play the game I love for a club so passionate and supportive of women’s football.
“I am looking forward to this next chapter in my life and being a part of something very special at Collingwood.
“I’m excited to grow and challenge myself professionally. I can’t wait to get started in the black and white.”
Collingwood’s GM of Women’s Sport, Jane Woodlands-Thompson, said Frederick’s AFLW experience will complement the group.
“As a foundation AFLW player, Frederick’s maturity and natural leadership will be well received amongst the group,” Woodlands-Thompson said.
“There’s a lot to be said of a player who has not missed an AFLW match since the league’s very first round.
“We thank Richmond for cooperating in a fair deal for both parties involved.”
Maddie Shevlin departs Collingwood after three seasons.
Shevlin joined the Pies through the 2018 AFLW national draft, following a season with Melbourne Football Club.
The 23-year-old played 13 games in the black and white including the 2021 qualifying and preliminary finals.
Woodlands-Thompson wished Shevlin well.
“We wish ‘Shev’ all the best with her future at Richmond and thank her for her contribution to the club during her time at the Holden Centre,” Woodlands-Thompson said.
“We look forward to watching her continue to develop as an elite footballer.”
Collingwood currently obtains picks 26, 33 and 55 in the 2021 AFLW national draft.