Brenna Tarrant picked to play for Melbourne in AFLW

Brenna Tarrant will play for Melbourne in the AFLW league next season.

The 17-year-old from East Blaxland was over the moon when the Melbourne Football Club picked her in the AFLW league draft last week.

Moving to Melbourne: Brenna Tarrant has been picked to play for Melbourne in the AFLW league.

Moving to Melbourne: Brenna Tarrant has been picked to play for Melbourne in the AFLW league.

"My name was called out and it was a bit of a relief but I'm super happy. I was crying and running around the school all excited," Tarrant, who is currently sitting her HSC at St Columba's Catholic College, said.

Then a couple of days later, the Melbourne women's coach Mick Stinear paid Tarrant a visit at her home in East Blaxland.

"He was really happy, really nice and super excited to have me on the team," Tarrant said.

Although she's been playing defence, Tarrant said the coach saw her potential as a forward, and was keen to see her diversify into multiple roles.

"He has seen me as a versatile player," she said.

Tarrant had been training with the GWS Giants all season, and represented NSW at the Under 18s AFLW National Championships in July, where she was selected on the All Australian under 18s team.

She has one more exam to sit before she'll fly to Melbourne for an orientation day at the club, then back to the Blue Mountains for her school formal, before moving to Melbourne for the start of the preseason.

Playing AFL professionally has been on the defender's radar only recently, having taken up the sport at age 13. She started playing footy with Emu Plains, moving on to play for the East Coast Eagles women's team for the past three years.

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