18/04/2024

The former Magpie will have a new home at the Sydney Swans in AFLW season eight. (Image: @aflwomens / Twitter).

The Sydney Swans have made major moves months out from the new season, with Chloe Molloy becoming the first player to lead the AFLW’s Priority Signing Period (PSP).

It follows the major announcement that the 24-year-old would be departing from Collingwood after five years and 47 games in the black and white.

The signing marks a big step for the Swans, who after beginning a tough start in the AFLW last year, will be looking for clearer skies in season eight.

Her arrival to the club will be greatly welcome, with the young gun proving to be a valuable asset, proven by an impressive football resume. This includes being named Collingwood’s Best and Fairest winner in 2018 and a previous rising star recipient.

A skilful talent that is both consistent and dangerous at the goalposts, Swans fans will be eager to see Molloy run out in the red and white for the first time when the season rolls around.

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Can Molloy assist with the Swans’ defensive woes?

Last season, one glaring issue for Sydney was a lack of defence that proved costly for the entirety of the year. Often, the side would be overpowered by more experienced sides. It ultimately led to the team not registering a single win by the regular season’s end.

The inclusion of Molloy could bolster the team’s defence capabilities.

Molloy was one of Collingwood’s shining moments in the side’s defensive units. Despite having to compensate for prominent players being sidelined, Molloy was a big presence in the midfield. The former Magpie was second in clearances at the club for season seven, averaging 3.2 clearances per game and 38 in total for the season.

Molloy was also a force to be reckoned with last season averaging 5.1 tackles per game. Her aggression on the field saw her place only behind her former teammate Mikala Cann when it comes to the club’s tackling machines.

What else can Molloy bring to the table in season eight?

It’s no surprise that Molloy’s arrival to the Swans has caught the league’s attention. The two-time All-Australian has been electrifying on field when it comes to scoring which has seen her become one of the competition’s elite players.

Throughout her time with Collingwood, she made her mark in the competition as a dynamic defender. But she reignited her game by moving into the forward line in 2020 following her return from injury.

In the recent season alone, Molloy had her best season to date, averaging 13.3 disposals per game which put her among the high ball-winners at the Magpies.

Though it was her athleticism that really shone through with Molloy ranking second at Collingwood for metres gained, averaging 249.6 metres gained per game, putting her just behind Ruby Schleicher.

With Molloy being the Swans’ first signing of the priority sign and trade period so far, could she be the key that provides the side with some much-needed relief?

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