Fremantle Dockers lock away reliable AFLW defender Ange Stannett for two seasons

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Fremantle defender Ange Stannett has re-signed for two seasons.
Camera IconFremantle defender Ange Stannett has re-signed for two seasons. Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos

Fremantle have begun locking away talent ahead of the sixth edition of the AFLW, re-signing small defender Ange Stannett for the next two seasons.

Stannett, who recently won the Dockers’ best clubwoman award, has transformed herself into one of the game’s most reliable shut-down defenders after switching from soccer, previously represented the Perth Glory.

The 24-year-old said Fremantle were hungry to continue their success after making finals in the past three seasons.

AFLW Fremantle player Ange Stannett and Perth Glory captain Tash Rigby are Perth's purple power couple.
Camera IconAFLW Fremantle player Ange Stannett and Perth Glory captain Tash Rigby are Perth's purple power couple. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

“I’m super excited, obviously the last three years we have seen a lot of success as a group and as a club,” Stannett said.

“After the season that we had in 2021 we will come back hungry, so I’m excited to see what we can do over the next two years.

“After the post-season reviews and the chats that we have had, it’s really exciting to hear what the Club is looking to do with our AFLW program.

“It’s so great to bring the season forward to December and I think that the growth in the competition is going to be really exciting.

“Hopefully, it looks like some longer seasons, more teams and more fans in the years ahead, so that’s what it is all about.”

Fremantle coach Trent Cooper said Stannett had developed consistency and leadership in her three seasons at the club.

“Ange has been with us for three years and has played every game for us in that time after crossing codes from soccer,” Cooper said.

“She has done an amazing job for us over those three years and has become a really important part of not only our team but of our whole club, as can be attested by her winning the Best Clubwoman award.

“People will see out on the field what she produces every week, and she is a consistent performer for us, but off the field she is always helping out across the club.

“She is a valuable contributor and a future leader of this club.”

Collingwood have landed key forward Sabrina Frederick in the first trade of the AFLW Sign and Trade Period.

The Magpies traded the versatile Maddie Shevlin for Frederick, with both clubs also trading a series of picks to get the deal done.

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