GWS have embraced the Irish experiment like few other AFLW clubs, as evidenced by the rapid development of raw talent Yvonne Bonner.
Midfielder Harrison Wigg has suffered another horror preseason injury, rupturing his ACL during a Gold Coast internal practice game on Thursday.
Port's Charlie Dixon is hopeful rather than confident he will be fully fit to play in round one of the AFL season after suffering a broken leg last season.
Former Sydney star Dan Hannebery will serve as one of four deputies under St Kilda captain Jarryn Geary for the 2019 AFL season.
Kangaroos defender Robbie Tarrant has joined Port Adelaide's Robbie Gray and Hawthorn's Chad Wingard as big-name withdrawals from the AFLX competition.
Port Adelaide midfielder Tom Rockliff is tracking well in his recovery from a shoulder reconstruction and wants to help his side climb the AFL ladder.
North Melbourne midfielder Ash Riddell is expected to recover from ankle surgery in six weeks, putting her in line for a potential return in the AFLW decider.
It is almost 12 months since Collingwood AFL defender Tyson Goldsack's knee injury which had threatened to rule him out for the season.