Gold Coast are on the verge of pulling off an AFLW coup by landing arguably the brightest Victorian star in this year’s draft.
Powerful midfielder Charlie Rowbottom, the sister of Sydney men’s player James, is strongly considering nominating for the Queensland draft pool ahead of the close of nominations on Friday. The draft is on July 27.
Rowbottom, along with Georgie Prespakis - the sister of Carlton star Maddy - is widely viewed by industry sources as one of the two standout players from Victoria in this year’s draft class.
The Suns have pick No.1 after finishing bottom of the ladder earlier in the year. Because of the semi-professional nature of AFLW, players get to choose whether they want to nominate for the open draft or can pick a particular state. Most leading players choose to stay in their home state.
But Gold Coast have made a compelling pitch to Rowbottom to choose Queensland, in which case they would almost certainly pick her.
“If Charlie was to choose to nominate Queensland, we’d be really excited by that opportunity. I think it also shows the competition is growing and maturing as well,” Suns women’s football chief Fiona McLarty said on Thursday.
“We’ve spoken to her and her family.”
Powerful midfielder Charlie Rowbottom, the sister of Sydney men’s player James, is heading to the Gold Coast to begin her AFLW journey.