The Western Bulldogs have secured talented key position prospect Katie Lynch in a trade deal involving Collingwood and Adelaide.
A promising utility, Lynch was traded from the Magpies, while young midfielder Hannah Munyard will return to Adelaide to be closer to family.
The Bulldogs also secured selection 25 in the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft from the Crows, while sending pick 33 to Collingwood.
The Dogs then traded picks 19 and 25 to the Magpies, in exchange for selection 11 (which equates to pick six in the Victorian section of the Draft).
As a result, the Club now heads to the 2020 Draft with picks 2, 11 and 16 in the first round (selections 2, 6 and 10 in Victoria).
Lynch was recruited to Collingwood in the 2018 Draft with selection 12 (the pick after fellow first-round draftee and current Bulldog Eleanor Brown).
Over seven games in the last two seasons, she has shown an ability to play as a key defender or forward, as well as through the midfield.
Before being drafted, Lynch represented Vic Metro and was selected in the under 18 All-Australian squad.
“Katie is a player we’ve had keen interest in since her draft year. To be able to bring her onto our list after a couple of seasons in the AFLW is a great result,” said Bulldogs’ AFLW Head of List Management and Recruiting, Mick Sandry.
“Her versatility, ability to read the ball in the air and strong marking means we are adding a dynamic player to our list.
“Katie is a talented young footballer, and we are looking forward to her joining the Club.”
Munyard made the difficult decision to leave the Bulldogs after her debut season, to reunite with family in South Australia.
The 19-year-old was signed as a free agent following last year’s Draft, breaking through for her debut in Round 4 and playing three straight games before the season was cut short.
“We know how difficult it was for Hannah to come to this decision. We understand how important it is for her to be close to her family in her home state at this time,” said Bulldogs’ General Manager of Women’s Football, Debbie Lee.
“We were thrilled to have Hannah in our program this year, and we thank her for her contribution. We wish her all the best as she continues her career in Adelaide.”