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AFLW: Captain Kaslar departs Lions

Kaslar departs Lions 2019 Brisbane Lions AFLW Captain Leah Kaslar has cited work and lifestyle reasons for her decision to play for expansion club Gold Coast Suns in 2020.

2019 Brisbane Lions AFLW Captain Leah Kaslar has cited work and lifestyle reasons for her decision to play for expansion club Gold Coast Suns in 2020.

Coach Craig Starcevich gave his blessing.  

“Unfortunately, we have lost her to the expansion club, the Gold Coast Suns, so that’s sad for us but we fully understand Leah’s situation where she’s got a very hectic work life/schedule at the moment with her job,” he told lions.com.au.

“She travels up the highway to come and train with us three to four times a week which is not great for her body at the moment.

“While it’s sad for us, with our blessing, she joins an expansion club, she’s been an amazing ambassador for female footy in Queensland now for many, many years.”

Vice-Captain Sam Virgo has also advised the club that she will pursue an offer with the Suns. 

Virgo has been with the Lions since the team’s inception but missed most of the 2018 season due to rupturing her ACL. During this time the Lions offered her a role as Team Manager of the AFLW side, while their medical team provided full support.

But Starcevich hinted the Lions would have good news with more signatures this week.

“We had the nine last week as you say, four more this arvo’ and look out for a few more in the next day or two as well,” Starcevich said.

“That’s really, really exciting the people who have decided to stay are absolutely committed.”

Kaslar and Virgo join Jacqui Yorston who also joined the expansion club this week.

The AFLW Trade and Sign Period will end on April 18.

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