The future is looking bright at RSEA Park with St Kilda locking away four of its most exciting young AFLW stars until at least the end of Season 2022.
Emerging talents Olivia Vesely, Molly McDonald, Nicola Xenos and Tarni White have recommitted to the red, white and black for another two years following sensational debut seasons at the elite level.
All four became integral assets in their respective areas of the ground, with their importance to the Saints’ future recognised with well-deserved contract extensions.
Vesely won respect in the competition after taking on the best midfielders in the game and holding her own.
The ever-smiling youngster regularly featured at the top of the stats column and never took a backward step at the coalface despite her inexperience.
White was another to catch the eye with her rebounding work off half-back and fierce attack on the ball before frustratingly rupturing her ACL midway through the St Kilda’s inaugural campaign.
McDonald etched her name into history when she bagged the club’s first ever AFLW goal before going on to become a regular feature on the wing for the Saints. The speedy left-footer looks a star in the making and will have learned plenty from her first season at the elite level.
Xenos will also take plenty from her first season after getting better with each and every game. The lightning quick small forward found her place at the feet of key target Caitlin Greiser and led the way with her tackling pressure.
Molly McDonald writes her name in the history books, kicking our first AFLW goal. pic.twitter.com/7KqPeb3lsU— St Kilda FCW (@stkildafcw) February 9, 2020
Head of Women’s Football Jamie Cox said the club was thrilled to have the contingent form an important cornerstone of St Kilda’s future.
“We’re delighted to have Olivia, Molly, Nicola and Tarni recommit to St Kilda for another two years,” Cox said.
“All four young women took remarkable steps forward in their debut seasons at AFLW level, and we’re incredibly excited to see what they’ll be able to produce in the years to come.
McDonald was the second AFLW player signed ahead of St Kilda’s inaugural season, joining the club as an underage Academy selection.
Vesely followed a few months later as an open-age recruit, while Xenos and White were taken at picks No. 27 and pick No. 30 respectively at the 2019 Women’s Draft.
All joined St Kilda with numerous accolades, including VFLW Premiership honours, VFLW Rising Star recognition and junior club awards named in their honour.
Several more exciting re-signings will be confirmed in the coming days.