The AFLW Draft combine has officially kicked off, with 15 young WA hopefuls in the mix for the Eagles.

The extensive training process will be spread across the coming weekend, and culminate with a two-kilometre time trial at the WA Athletics Stadium on Sunday.

These time trials, athletic testing, and club interviews will all be conducted on Saturday and Sunday.

West Coast, which has five picks in the upcoming draft, will look to meld the more mature players with some younger talent this season after re-signing key players, including inaugural Crow and premiership player Kellie Gibson, captain Emma Swanson and Irish superboot Aisling McCarthy.

South Australian defenders Lauren Gauci and Amber Ward have also recommitted to the club alongside 2021 best and fairest Bella Lewis, and the trio are keen to act as connectors between rookie-listed players and senior members of the group.

The draft pool is looking extensive for the upcoming season, with over 80 WAFLW players hungry for an opportunity to play in the blue and gold for the upcoming season.

West Coast are committed to fostering relationships with the WAFLW and will look to both the local and national crop of talent to further strengthen the Eagles AFLW list for the upcoming season.

After trading pick 38 in the National Draft for former Docker Evie Gooch, and signing Perth native and former Giant Aimee Schmidt as a restricted free agent, the Eagles AFLW squad will have five selections in the draft pool for 2022.

These include West Australian draft picks one, three, four, seven and nine.


Key dates for the 2021 NAB AFLW Draft Period

Rookie Signing Period
Closes on Wednesday, July 21, 2pm AEST

Tuesday, July 27, 6:45pm AEST