Erin Phillips, the greatest player in AFLW history, has officially switched clubs, heading from the Crows to Port Adelaide ahead of their first season in the competition.
The 36-year-old’s illustrious resume includes three premierships, two league MVP awards and Best-On-Ground Medals in the 2017 and 2019 grand finals.
Her move to Port continues a strong family connection to the club – her father Greg played over 300 SANFL games for the Magpies, was named in their greatest ever team and is a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
Erin has played 46 AFLW games for the Crows since the competition’s inception in 2017.
Her time in football followed a decorated basketball career which featured two WNBA championships and an Olympic silver medal for the Opals.
Port Adelaide on Wednesday confirmed Phillips would be joining the club as its first AFLW player.
✨ She’s coming home ✨@erinphillips131 returns to Port Adelaide as our inaugural AFLW player signing 👏
— Port Adelaide AFLW (@pafc_w) April 26, 2022
“It’s been an absolute privilege to have been a part of the most successful AFLW club to date,” Phillips said.
“I obviously have great memories and friendships from my time at Adelaide, which I will cherish forever.
“But as a kid growing up, all I wanted was to be like Dad and play football for the Port Adelaide Football Club. Port Adelaide feels like home to me. It’s where I spent a lot of my childhood.
“It was always my dream to be able to represent the club and add to its incredible history, and I am beyond thrilled to finally get that chance and play a role in building this team from the ground up.”
Crows head of women’s football Phil Harper paid tribute to Phillips for her contribution to the club and the game.
“As a footballer, Erin has been the best player of her generation but equally she is a great person,” Harper said.
“Her contribution to our club, as well as women’s football here in South Australia and nationally, has been significant and she has helped create a legacy from which many young girls and women will benefit.
“We wish Erin, her wife Tracy and their family all the best for the future and thank them for helping make our club a better place.”
The 2023 AFLW season is set to start in December, with all 18 AFL clubs having a women’s affiliate for the first time.
Port Adelaide will be joined by Sydney, Essendon and Hawthorn as the new teams introduced next season.