They may be Richmond’s three newest AFLW recruits, but Sarah D’Arcy, Sarah Dargan and Harriet Cordner are already calling Tigerland home.
D’Arcy, following in the footsteps of her grandfather’s cousin, Tiger legend Jack Titus, said her family ties have made the move all the more special.
The life-long Richmond supporter, who admitted she shed a few tears when she signed her contract, said she was “so happy” to add to her family history at Tigerland.
"I’ve known all about Jack Titus since I was super little," she said.
"It’s pretty cool…it’s such a huge thing for my family.
"My grandparents are so proud and absolutely love that connection.”
The 28-year-old former Magpie, who is currently working as a teacher in the Northern Territory, wants to help develop the Tigers’ younger players while also expanding her own game.
"I’ve always wanted to venture to other areas of the field so I’d love to give that a crack," she said.
With 24 AFLW games to her name, the forward prides herself on her high work rate and team-first attitude.
"I put myself on the line for others and like bringing others in the game," she said.
"I get more joy out of seeing someone else kick a goal than myself."
Dargan, 21, said signing with the Tigers felt like "getting drafted all over again".
"I could see what Richmond was creating and how much they support women’s footy. I really wanted to be a part of it," she said.
"I’ve been with Collingwood through their rebuilding stage and I can’t wait to bring my knowledge and experience to Richmond who is also a young side, and provide some positive encouragement."
The midfielder/forward said she received a warm welcome from her new Club, complete with a FaceTime call from skipper Katie Brennan.
"Everyone’s already made me feel a part of the team, especially through this time of COVID-19 when I’m not going to see everyone personally for a while," she said.
Getting to know her new teammates will be a familiar exercise for Dargan, who, like D’Arcy, joins fellow Pies-turned-Tigers Christina Bernardi, Holly Whitford and Iilish Ross.
"It definitely eases the nerves going into a new environment," she said.
She is also well acquainted with star midfielder Monique Conti, after the duo spent their formative years either playing together in the TAC Cup, or against each other in the Essendon District Football League.
"I can say I much preferred playing with her than against her, so I’m excited to be on her team!" she joked.
"I hope I can bring some experience into the midfield group and Mon and I can work well together."
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Cordner, 28, is looking forward to evolving as a leader at Richmond.
"The opportunity to bring some experience really appealed to me, given I’ve been a part of a team where I’ve often been learning off the others," she said.
The former soccer player was delisted following her first season of AFLW in 2017, but worked hard for her second chance and Melbourne re-signed her soon after as a free agent.
"Hard work is one of my strongest values and I think the challenge of being delisted early proved to me that I needed to do a bit to work to get to where I wanted to be," she said.
Across her four seasons at the Club, Cordner became a crucial cog in Melbourne’s defence.
She added to her versatility in 2020, stepping into the ruck when injuries struck the Demons.
"I’m excited to explore different areas of my game (at Richmond), whether that’s positions or different ways to play, as well a new environment and different coaching styles and teammates," Cordner said.
"It’s bound to bring out different things in your game so I’m excited to see where I can take my game to with all these new opportunities."