Cats to pounce on Dees defender as Harris trade heats up

Melbourne will relinquish defender Chantel Emonson to Geelong but land Cats youngster Olivia Purcell as well as Tayla Harris, as part of a series of AFLW trade moves set to be made official as early as Tuesday.

Harris will be granted her wish to join the Demons after contract negotiations between her and Carlton fell down last month.

The specifics of the trade, or trades, are yet to become clear, however women’s football sources indicated that Emonson, 28, would join the Cats as part of the dealings, while the Dees would also likely give up a draft pick or picks.

Tayla Harris, right, in action earlier this year for Carlton. Credit:Getty Images

Harris will be joined by 2020 Geelong best and fairest Purcell, who is coming off a serious knee injury, at the Dees.

Geelong are also set to gain Adelaide’s Chloe Scheer.

Olivia Purcell, right, has been linked to a deal with Melbourne. Credit:Getty Images

The Blues are set to improve their draft position as part of the movements, while also landing Jess Dal Pos from Greater Western Sydney.

Chloe Dalton and Katie Loynes will head the other way from Ikon Park to the Giants.

One trade was made official on Monday, with Giant Elle Bennetts sent to the Western Bulldogs for pick 28.

Earlier in the trade period, Collingwood sent Maddie Shevlin, pick 16 and pick 48 to Richmond for Sabrina Frederick, pick 26 and pick 55, while St Kilda traded Poppy Kelly to Richmond for pick 48.

Kim Rennie has also requested a move from the Bulldogs to North.

The Roos on Monday announced the delistings of Tahni Nestor and Beth Lynch.

“It’s never an easy decision to part ways with players,” North list manager Rhys Harwood said.

“We’ve been vocal on our desire to leave no stone unturned in strengthening our list for next year.

“Both Tahni and Beth have been great servants of the club and to our program.

“We thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best going forward.”

Sign and trade period ends on Wednesday.

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