Olympic and Women NBA basketballer Erin Phillips has joined the Adelaide Crows for the inaugural AFL competition.
Phillips, who played for the Australian Opals in Rio Olympics and is playing for the WNBA’s Dallas Wings team, will join the football season next year before returning to the United States.
“When the Adelaide Crows contacted me I was just so blown away by how professional they were and how committed they were, not only to getting me to play but to the women’s game itself,” the 31-year-old said in a statement.
Crows senior coach, Bec Goddard said Phillips would be a great asset to the team. “With her experience and athletic ability, Erin is sure to make an immediate impact on the competition,” Goddard said.
“Erin has a real toughness and brings years of experience as a professional athlete at the highest level,” said Crows football chief, David Noble.
“She has true leadership qualities and I have no doubt she will immediately have a positive influence on our team.”
Phillips, daughter of SANFL and VFL player Greg Phillips, is one of the cross-code recruits to the league, following former Matildas goalkeeper Brianna Davey and cricket player Jess Cameron.