The Club's first recruit of the AFLW Sign and Trade Period, Maddie Shevlin, speaks to Richmond Media about becoming a Tiger. 

Initial reaction

"It's really exciting. I didn't think it was going to happen so early in the trade period, but I'm stoked it has because I can be a part of the welcoming party for every new recruit. I'm really excited to get started."

Welcome from new teammates

"I've been very fortunate, they're such a welcoming bunch. They've all reached out individually which is nice, and a few live in my five-kilometer radius. Also knowing (some players) from previous clubs is making the transition a lot easier."

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"Really excited to get started" - Shevlin

Maddie Shevlin speaks to Richmond media about joining Tigerland

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Bringing finals experience to Tigerland

"Every opportunity you get, you need to make the most of it, and another opportunity presents itself at Richmond. I'm excited to bring the finals experience that I've had at Collingwood and hopefully get that drive and experience at Richmond in the coming years."

Position preference

"Probably in the backline. I prefer seeing the ball coming towards me, and having that accountability of a player makes your referencing a lot easier. Hopefully across the backline I can rebound the ball back into our forward-50 more often than not."

Traits as a player

"Hopefully (I'll bring) a lot of run-and-carry, a lot of spoiling in the backline, and a positive vibe on and off the field."

2022 AFLW season

"I'm very keen. I spent the 2021 season on the sidelines with a broken wrist for the majority of it. I played a few VFLW games this season but it doesn't compare to an AFLW environment. So I'm really keen to get started and meet everyone and hopefully the games roll around pretty quickly. I can't wait."