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Josh Gabelich  November 1, 2017 4:15 PM

Southern Saints unveil first signing Georgia Walker has signed as the Saints' first VFLW player ahead of their inclusion in the VFL Women's competition next season.
I’m absolutely honoured to be approached in the first place and then asked to sign as the first player for St Kilda is a privilege.

Two appearances for Collingwood in the inaugural AFLW season whet Georgia Walker’s appetite. Now, she wants more and is hoping her time at the Southern Saints will launch her onto the big stage on a permanent basis.

After being unlucky to be overlooked in the draft last month, the 19-year-old has put pen to paper with the Saints, becoming the first player to commit to the club ahead of their debut season in the VFL Women's competition next year.

The former Dandenong Stingrays and Vic Country captain said she is delighted to join the Southern Saints, where the program is being run by St Kilda Development Coach and trailblazer Peta Searle, who was the first female to coach inside an AFL club.

“I’m absolutely honoured to be approached in the first place and then asked to sign as the first player for St Kilda is a privilege,” Walker told saints.com.au on Wednesday after inking a deal with the Saints.

Walker’s football journey started more than a decade ago when she first played with the boys at Rye on the Mornington Peninsula.

Since then, she has been part of the evolution of women’s football, playing in the TAC Cup with the Stingrays and in national championships for both Vic Metro and Vic Country.

Her journey reached new heights earlier this year when an injury crisis hit Collingwood and she was brought in as a top-up player for two games, living her dream against the side she has supported all her life.

“Coming in late and having to find my feet early without having that pre-season with the girls really pushed me,” she said.

“I’m a Brisbane supporter, so to debut against Brisbane was pretty special and to be a part of Collingwood’s first win against the Bulldogs was very special too.”

Renowned for her work off half-back – where she was an All-Australian in the under-18 championships – Walker is looking to add more strings to her bow during her time at the Saints, in a bid to earn a full-time berth at AFLW level.

“I’m looking to play as an attacking back flanker and through the midfield, but I’d also like to develop my versatility and play different roles up forward and deep back to give myself more chances of being drafted in the future,” she said.