Emerging superstar Perri King has become the first-ever Glenorchy Magpie drafted into the AFLW after being selected by North Melbourne on Tuesday night.
King, a New Norfolk product, burst onto the TSLW stage with the RSEA Magpies as a 15-year-old in 2019, being named in the best players three times in her 10 outings in the black and white.
Then she made talent scouts around the country take notice in 2020 - as her incredible pressure game stood out at senior level - including being named Glenorchy's second best player in the grand final at UTAS Stadium.
This season King starred for the Devils, earning a place in the Allies team for the National Championships where she averaged a remarkable 10.5 tackles per game, and was also a standout in the Magpies' Smith-Corrie Cup victory over Clarence at Blundstone Arena.
North Melbourne AFLW Performance Manager Rhys Harwood said:
“Perri is a real competitor and is great in and around the contest. At 169cm, we think she’ll provide an even harder edge to our midfield group working with the likes of Ash Riddell, Jenna Bruton, Emma Kearney and Ellie Gavalas,” he said.
“She was the number one ranked tackler in the NAB League this season, and she can cover the ground really well and find the footy.
“She’s really good overhead mark for her size, which means she can play a few different roles for us.
“We love adding Tasmanian talent to our list and Perri has put together a great body of work and deserves this opportunity.”
Our club is incredibly proud of Perri, another great example of a northern suburbs product who has done her New Norfolk community proud, and come to Glenorchy to improve her game and now do all of Tasmania proud.
All the best at the Kangaroos, Pez!