CARLTON has made history, drafting Abbie McKay as the first ever AFLW father-daughter pick.
McKay, the daughter of club great Andrew McKay, will join the Blues for the upcoming AFLW season.
Clubs had an opportunity to bid on the younger McKay before 2pm Friday.
As multiple clubs placed a bid on McKay, Carlton elected to match the offers and will now select the teenager with Pick 16, a second-round pick, in this year’s AFLW draft.
A player can be nominated by an AFLW Club based on the father-daughter rule if their father played at least one AFL game for that Club.
Andrew McKay played 244 games for Carlton between 1993-2003 before serving as the club’s head of football for several years.
Abbie McKay played TAC Cup football for Sandringham Dragons and was named All-Australian at this year’s Under 18 championships.
“It is very exciting to see the first father-daughter selection,” AFLW chief Nicole Livingstone said.
“It’s another milestone for the AFLW competition and hopefully will be the first of many.”
In other developments on Friday, the league announced it had granted Collingwood’s wish to pre-list their VFLW affiliate player Erica Fowler as an injury replacement for Chloe Molloy who moves to the inactive list.
“Further support was considered and granted to Collingwood given the changes to their list over the past five months,” Livingstone said.
“We are working closely with all AFLW clubs to ensure we have a balanced competition as we are expanding to 10 teams and managing the impact of player injuries over the off-season.”
The AFLW draft is on October 23.
— With AAP