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AFLW Tigers make quartet of signings

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Richmond is halfway to filling its inaugural AFLW list with a further four players elevated from the Club’s VFLW program this week.

Defensive pair Akec Makur Chuot and Rebecca Miller have been signed to the senior list along with tackling machine Grace Campbell, while utility Gabby Seymour has been added as a rookie.

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Makur Chuot, 26, who has been a standout in the VFLW program since crossing from Carlton VFLW this season, will look to add to the six AFLW games she played with Fremantle in 2017.

The dashing defender has averaged 11 disposals and 2.5 marks for the Tigers this year while impressing with her elite athleticism and long kicking.

Miller, 24, has been one of the finds of the VFLW season, quickly stamping herself as one of the league’s best key defenders after crossing over from Sydney based club, Western Wolves.

The 184cm interceptor has featured among Richmond’s best players in six of nine games this season and made three appearances in the VFLW’s ‘Team of the Week’.

Campbell, 23, who like Miller is in her first season of state league football, has shown AFLW traits ever since arriving at the Swinburne Centre in the pre-season.

The Bendigo product, recruited from Bendigo Thunder, has averaged an unprecedented 8.6 tackles a game along with 14 disposals and looks well equipped to handle the step up to AFLW due to her tenacity at the contest.

Seymour, a volleyball cross-coder, has been a revelation since debuting against NT Thunder five weeks ago, with two best-on-ground performances and two other appearances among the best players.

The 22-year-old has played mostly in the ruck and has averaged 10 disposals, two marks and 29 hit outs a game for the VFLW Tigers.

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Richmond Head of Women’s Football, Kate Sheahan, said AFLW contracts were a reward for effort and dedication for the Tigers’ newest AFLW footballers.

“The development each player has shown since arriving at the Club is a credit to the girls, our coach Tom Hunter and our whole Women’s Football staff and program," Sheahan said.

“We are so excited to see these girls continue to flourish when we move into AFLW.”

Richmond can sign one more player from its VFLW list. The rest of the Tigers' AFLW side will be comprised of draft picks from the 2019 AFLW Draft in October or eligible rookie selections.

Richmond inaugural AFLW players for 2020:

Katie Brennan
Phoebe Monahan
Iilish Ross
Maddy Brancatisano
Christina Bernardi
Sabrina Frederick
Monique Conti
Hannah Burchell
Courtney Wakefield
Tayla Stahl
Alice Edmonds
Akec Makur Chuot
Grace Campbell
Rebecca Miller
Gabby Seymour