Fremantle have thanked Tiah Toth and Ann McMahon after advising that the pair would not be offered contracts for season seven of the AFLW competition.
Meanwhile, midfielder Jasmin Stewart has made the decision to take time away from football and will also not have a playing contract for the next AFLW season.
Senior Coach Trent Cooper said the decisions to not renew the contracts of Toth and McMahon were difficult to make, alongside Stewart’s decision to step back from football, and thanked the trio for their contributions to the Club.
Toth played 24 career games for Fremantle, with 18 of those played over the past two seasons.
The versatile midfielder was an original AFLW player for Fremantle in the Club’s inaugural season, before being delisted at the end of 2018.
Cooper said Toth was a team-first player and praised her work ethic to return to AFLW level ahead of the 2021 season after a string of injuries.
“It’s always a difficult time of the season when we say goodbye to some people who have put in a lot of hard work for the team and for the football Club,” Cooper said.
“Tiah was one of our original players back in 2017 who suffered a lot of injuries before being delisted and forcing her way back onto the list.
“She played some really good football for us, particularly in 2021, and then this year was used in a variety of positions for the team where she always put the team above herself in everything that she did.
“To have had a really good career after the injuries is a credit to herself and she added a lot to our culture all the way through.”
McMahon’s story of resilience is unlike most, undergoing surgery on both legs after being struck down by a stolen car while working as a police officer on Christmas Eve in 2019.
After missing the entirety of seasons 2020 and 2021, McMahon broke through to play six games in 2022, highlighted by a special goal in her second AFLW game in Freo’s round two win over the GWS Giants.
Cooper praised McMahon’s resilience and drive to be able to pull on the purple jumper for Fremantle this year.
“Very few people have had to put in as much work to overcome setbacks as Ann McMahon did,” Cooper said.
“We were very excited about what she was going to do when we took her in the draft, but before she even got to that first opportunity to play she suffered that tragic workplace accident and the injuries that she has battled ever since haven't held her back from realising her potential.
“At no stage did her work ethic wane during that time, and there are not too many people who would’ve been able to get out and perform the way that she did which is a testament to her.
“To see her kick that goal against GWS at the Whitten Oval in round two was a very big moment for the whole team and one that we will remember fondly for a long time.
“We wish ‘Macca’ all the best in her career pursuits from this point on.”
Stewart has played 22 games over the past three seasons for Fremantle and has starred across multiple positions in the midfield and forward line.
The versatile Stewart had particularly strong two-goal performances in Fremantle’s first RAC Derby at Optus Stadium in 2020 and last year’s thrilling comeback win against Carlton.
The proud Jaru woman was also instrumental in driving and designing Fremantle’s first ever AFLW Indigenous jumper.
Cooper thanked the popular Stewart for her ‘beautiful spirit’, and said she would be missed around the Club.
“Jas came to us with the news that she wanted some time away from footy,” Cooper said.
“Elite sport doesn’t come easily for everybody, and Jas is a beautiful spirit who has really had to apply herself to bring out the best in her potential.
“She has played some really good games of footy for us, and we remember fondly the first RAC Derby at Optus Stadium where she kicked two goals and was one of our best players.
“Her left foot is a thing of beauty that we all like to see.
“Jas has also been instrumental in bringing to everyone’s attention in the AFLW program about Indigenous culture, and she designed our first AFLW Indigenous guernsey.
“She leaves us being one of the more popular team members that we have had, and we know we will see Jas around the place a lot more in the future.”
Dates for the upcoming 2022 AFLW Sign and Trade Period will be provided to clubs in the coming weeks.