The Western Bulldogs have secured pick two in the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft in a trade deal with West Coast. 

As part of the deal, Aisling McCarthy will head to the Eagles, along with pick three, while the Bulldogs have acquired pick two in the national draft, and selection 16 (10 in the Victorian draft).

McCarthy, from County Tipperary in Ireland, arrived at the Bulldogs with selection 23 in the 2018 AFLW Draft, making her debut in Round 2 the following season.

She played 12 games over two seasons at VU Whitten Oval, and kicked seven goals.

“Ash indicated she was interested in pursuing a trade to Western Australia as a fresh opportunity, and we were able to facilitate a fair deal with the Eagles,” said Bulldogs General Manager of Women’s Football, Debbie Lee.

“We’re proud of the way we’ve developed Ash over the last two years.  We have shown a strong willingness to invest in international female talent, as an opportunity to continue to grow the game in Australia.

“We will continue to explore opportunities to bring in new talent over the trade period to assist with the ongoing development of our female football program.”

The Bulldogs now hold two first round draft selections (picks two and 16), as well as picks 19 and 33.