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AFLW: Eagles swoop on Swanson

Swanson lands in Eagles' nest Giants marquee player Emma Swanson is returning home to the West after signing a contract with the Eagles for our inaugural 2020 AFLW side

The West Coast Eagles have landed another star for its inaugural AFLW side by signing Emma Swanson on a two-year deal.

Swanson returns to Western Australia having spent three years with Greater Western Sydney, where she served as the club’s vice-captain in its foundation season.

The 24-year-old is regarded as one of the hardest players in the league and will add considerable grunt to West Coast’s midfield.

West Coast Eagles head of female football Adam Selwood said he was delighted to secure Swanson’s signature.

“It’s an exciting day to sign Emma Swanson,” Selwood said.

“She is another fantastic character that can help lead this group. She’s someone that has strong morals, values and high work ethic.

“Emma was highly valued at the Giants and won the coaches award this year. We know the type of person that we are bringing and we’re rapt.”

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Despite only inking her contract this week, Swanson said she already felt like a member of the West Coast Eagles family.

She hoped to win the blue and gold army over with her commitment and fierce style of play.

“As a player I just like to be a really hard worker and again just get around the girls and lead from the front,” Swanson said.

“Contested ball is probably a strength (of mine) and I guess that’s why I can play as an inside mid, but the last couple of years I have played off the half-back, which I have really enjoyed.

“I certainly like to go hard at the footy and tackle; they’re the two biggest strengths in my game.”

Swanson is currently rehabilitating a shoulder injury that she incurred during the second round of this year’s AFLW campaign.

It was a cruel blow for the West Australian, who started the season in blistering form with an 18-disposal, four-mark performance against Brisbane in round one.

The diligent onballer will use the off-season break to get her body right for West Coast’s first official pre-season slog.

“I’m six weeks post-op. It’s slow going, but it’s going,” she said.

“I think over the next six months I will take a bit of a selfish approach, which is not like me, but I’ll just really get stuck into my rehab and get going so hopefully I can hit the ground running whenever pre-season starts.”