AFLW: Fremantle uses pick 2 in draft to bring back delisted Stephanie Cain

Stephanie Cain in action for the Dockers.
Stephanie Cain in action for the Dockers.

SHE was delisted from the Fremantle Dockers’ AFLW team at the end of the season, but hard work and perseverance has paid off for Swan Districts product Stephanie Cain.

Cain was brought back into the Dockers fold at today’s AFLW draft with Fremantle’s pick 2.

“It was obviously disappointing at the time, it’s not what you want as a player but there were things I needed to work on,” Cain said.

“I went away in the off-season and completed those goals and worked towards what I needed to do to become a better player and it obviously paid off.”

Coach Michelle Cowan said it was an easy decision to pick Cain up again.

“She chooses herself to be here today, she’s worked really hard and deserves it,” she said.

The Dockers used pick 10 to select Evangeline Gooch, a former Perth Glory goalkeeper who switched codes to play in the WAWFL for East Fremantle.

Pick 18 saw 36-year-old veteran ruck Jodie White arrive at the club, the 2017 WAWFL best and fairest winner after an excellent season with the Coastal Titans.

Gooch’s East Fremantle teammate Ashlee Atkins was taken with Fremantle’s pick 26 while Swan Districts key forward Emily McGuire, who kicked 13 goals from 13 matches this season in the WAWFL, was selected with pick 33.

A Dockers injury-replacement signing this season, Swan Districts’ Alicia Janz gets a second chance in the AFLW after being selected with Fremantle’s pick 39 while Coastal Titan’s Leah Mascall was taken with their final pick.

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