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The West Coast Eagles are bitterly disappointed to be overlooked as one of the inaugural licencees for the AFL Women's, but we do understand the rationale behind the AFL’s decision.

Although the club embraced the concept and wanted to be part of this competition from inception, there were a number of caveats around our submission, largely concerning the financial modelling and structure for a women’s team in 2017.

While West Coast has missed out in the first instance, the club put a lot of work into the business plan for a women’s team and will continue to build the model so that when the AFL is ready to expand the competition West Coast will again present a compelling case.

“Women have been key contributors within our club for the last 30 years and our member and supporter base has a strong female influence, so we will continue to strive to provide the opportunity for the many young girls and women who aspire to pull on the blue and gold jumper.”- West Coast Chief Executive, Trevor Nisbett