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Cats farewell Purcell, add two

Olivia Purcell in action for Geelong in 2021. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG midfielder Olivia Purcell has got her wish to join Melbourne following a three-way trade that has landed the Cats players from the Demons and Adelaide.

Purcell, who won the 2020 best-and-fairest, will join Melbourne as part of a deal that has secured the Cats Chantal Emanson from the Demons and Crows premiership player Chloe Scheer.

Geelong has also improved its hand at this year’s AFLW draft, securing pick No.15 from the Demons.

“We are really pleased to have completed this trade and welcome Chloe and Chantel to the club,” Geelong’s head of AFLW Brett Johnson said.

“They are both talented footballers with great experience at AFLW level, and we look forward to seeing them at GMHBA Stadium.

“Thank you to Olivia for her contribution to the football club and community.

Olivia’s enthusiasm and competitiveness were unwavering, and we wish her all the best with her future AFLW career.”

Purcell played 19 games after being a Geelong zone draft selection from the Geelong Falcons in 2018.

However, she is unlikely to take the field at AFLW level next season after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in the Cats’ Round 5 loss to Richmond at GMHBA Stadium.

“Liv is really only scratching the surface as a player,” Melbourne list manager Todd Patterson said.

“After coming in and having a real impact, we think we can solidify her as a really good player in this competition.

“The ACL was clearly unfortunate for her, and we hope she will be available in the later stages of the season. Regardless, we view this as a great move to set our engine room up for years to come.”

Wing/half-back Emanson, 28, arrives at Geelong following 22 games in three seasons at Melbourne.

21-year-old Scheer made 17 appearances for Adelaide as a forward, including its 2019 grand final win, a match in which she ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament, forcing her to miss the 2020 season.

After being granted two priority selections last month, the Cats now hold picks 2, 7, 9 and 15 in the first round of the AFLW draft.

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