The 21-year-olds earned themselves new contracts after playing instrumental roles in the Lions’ 18-point Grand Final demolition of Adelaide.
In their third Grand Final in the AFLW’s five-year history, a Lions outfit boasting the perfect balance of youth and experience, upset the two-time premiers to claim the Club’s first premiership.
Ellenger and Wardlaw form a core group of emerging young stars who should ensure the side remains an AFLW powerhouse for seasons to come.
Key forward Wardlaw hit the 25-game milestone in her third season, owing to her consistency and flair on field.
She finished the season with an average of seven disposals, four kicks and two hit outs and slammed home a season high four goals in a Q Clash medal winning performance against the Suns.
Ellenger was able to cement herself as a regular in her third season, playing every game including the finals to finish with an average of eight disposals, four kicks and three handballs.
Senior Coach Craig Starcevich said it was important for the Lions to keep on their Premiership winning side together to ensure the best chance at holding onto the Premiership Cup.
“Jesse has just passed the 25-game mark after three seasons with us in the difficult role as key forward, and after two games in 2019, Jade finally got the opportunity to put together a full season, playing a crucial role for us on the wing,” Stracevich said.
“It’s great to see them stay together to continue their footy journey together.”