Midfielder/forward Aisling (Aish) McCarthy was welcomed to the Club on Friday following a successful trade with the West Coast Eagles.

McCarthy tried on the purple jumper for the first time and said she was excited to get going for the 2024 season.

“I’m delighted to be here,” McCarthy said.

"I’ve been around the Club and met some of the girls, so I’m really excited to get started for the year ahead.”

The Irish recruit touched on the trade period and was pleased that the deal had been finalised.

“It can be a bit of a stressful time, but I think both parties dealt with it very well, so I was really put at ease, and I’m delighted it (the trade) went through today,” McCarthy said.

A versatile player being able to swing from the midfield to the forward line, McCarthy knows her strengths and is keen to have an impact.

“I’m competitive around the footy, tough around the contest and I also have an eye for goals, so they are things I can definitely bring (to the team),” McCarthy said.

“Wherever I’m needed next season, I’ll train hard during pre-season and put my hand up for a position on the team.

“I hope to bring my strengths and have an impact on the team.”

Hailing from Ireland, McCarthy has relationships with Fremantle’s four existing Irish players and is keen to join them on the footy field.

“I have ties with all of them. I played with Jo (Cregg) and Aine (Tighe) in university football and so it’s really good to be united with them again, back on the footy field,” McCarthy said.

“I also played a lot of (Gaelic) football against Orlagh (Lally). I was with the (County) Tipperary, and she was with Meath.

“Amy is one of my best friends. I only met her in Australia, but I was with her on draft night when Freo drafted her.

“It’s gone full circle now that I’m getting to join her as a teammate as well so it’s really exciting to be joining all the Irish girls.”


McCarthy looks up to Fremantle guns in Hayley Miller and Kiara Bowers and is looking forward to learning and developing her midfield craft with their help.

“Hayley (Miller) and Turbo (Kiara Bowers) are two players I really look up to so I’m really looking forward to working alongside them, learning from them and pushing myself at training,” McCarthy said.

Joining her from Ireland, McCarthy’s family were able to celebrate the moment alongside her.

“To have my Mum, Dad and my sister out here in Australia has been great,” McCarthy said.

“I’m delighted to have them here and share this moment with them."

- Aisling McCarthy

McCarthy said she is keen to soak in the moment and looked forward to meeting more of her teammates in the coming weeks.

“I’m hopefully going to meet a few of the girls over the coming weeks and do a few runs with them as well,” McCarthy said.

“I’ll enjoy the moment of joining the team, and then I’ll put my head down to work really hard.”