VERSATILE tall Isadora McLeay has earned her chance at the elite level after GWS GIANTS chose her to replace Emily Goodsir this week. Goodsir, who announced her pregancy post AFLW Draft, was placed on the inactive list for the 2022 season, allowing the GIANTS to select another player to fill their list. They opted to go for the 2021 AFLW Under 19 All-Australian full-back who enjoyed a great carnival for the Allies.
McLeay averaged 16.5 disposals, 3.0 marks and 2.5 rebound 50s during the two-game carnival, though her offensive output was still an area she was looking to build. GIANTS fans will enjoy watching her one-on-one ability, with a powerful, accurate kick and a reliable set of defensive traits. She is also strong overhead, and capable of playing up either end, making her a valuable talent for the orange and charcoal.
Turning 18 next week, McLeay stands at 178cm and will likely fill a key position role in defence, but can swing forward if required to do so. Draft Central spoke to McLeay at the 2021 AFLW Under 19 Championships after the Allies’ loss to Western Australia, ahead of their game with South Australia.
See the full interview below.