Ex-Pies skipper Chiocci joins Saints in three-club deal

Anna Harrington |

Inaugural Collingwood captain Steph Chiocci has departed the Magpies for St Kilda as part of a bumper three-club deal to kick off the AFLW trade period.

Chiocci, who had been either sole or co-captain of the Magpies across the seven seasons since their first game in 2017, departs alongside dual best-and-fairest winner Jaimee Lambert as the Magpies move to rejuvenate their list.

But in gaining the experienced pair, plus Collingwood’s pick No.31, St Kilda lost best-and-fairest winner, former co-captain and key goal kicker Kate Shierlaw to North Melbourne and young midfielder Tarni White to the Magpies.

The Magpies gained White, North Melbourne’s pick No.15 and Kangaroos utility Grace Campbell in the trade.

The exits of Chiocci and Lambert add to an off-season of change for Collingwood, following Chloe Molloy’s departure for Sydney in last week’s priority signing period.

“Steph will forever be Collingwood’s first AFLW captain which is extremely special for our club,” Collingwood women’s football boss Jess Burger said.

“Jaimee has made outstanding on-field contributions for our program which is recognised in the many accolades she has achieved throughout her time at Collingwood.

“As the pair enter the latter years of their careers, this is an opportunity for our club to secure some exciting young talent who will make both positive on-field and off-field contributions to our program.”

There had already been significant player movement due to last week’s priority signing period, during which the four expansion clubs – Hawthorn, Essendon, Port Adelaide and Sydney – were able to sign a number of players without having to trade.

Brisbane stars Emily Bates and Greta Bodey joined Hawthorn, while Sydney snapped up Collingwood gun Chloe Molloy and Carlton youngster Lucy McEvoy.

Port Adelaide were big winners, recruiting All-Australian bookends Ash Woodland (Adelaide) and Janelle Cuthbertson (Fremantle), while Essendon signed North Melbourne’s Brooke Brown.