Fremantle have signed forward Tarnee Tester as a free agent to complete their list heading into the AFLW draft later this year.
A former member of Fremantle’s AFLW academy, Tester was drafted by West Coast with pick no.56 in 2019, the Eagles’ third selection of the draft.
She played four out of a possible six games for West Coast in 2020 before being delisted at the end of the season.
Tester was born in Broken Hill and played the bulk of her football on the east coast before heading to WA to play for South Fremantle and then Subiaco in the WAFLW.
In 2019, she won the WAFLW Joanna Huggins Leading Goal Kicker Award with Subiaco.
AFLW manger Darryn Fry said Tester was on Fremantle’s radar at the 2019 draft and was thrilled to sign the 27-year-old.
“We’re really excited to have Tarnee. She went through our academy program last year prior to the draft and we were really keen to get her through the draft in 2019,” Fry said.
“For her to become available this season, we’re really excited, she’s got really good goal sense, she has footy smarts and she suits the way we play.
“She’s quick and is another person we bring into our organisation with really strong character.”
Tester joins former North Melbourne midfielder Jess Trend as Freo’s additions to their list after an unbeaten season in 2020.
Fremantle signed Tester after Irish forward Kate Flood informed the club she would not return to Australia for the 2021 season due to personal reasons.
The club is working with Flood and the AFL with regards to Flood’s return for the 2022 season.
Fry said Fremantle would complete their 2021 list at the draft, where Freo currently hold selections 14, 30 and 46.
“We’re really excited to get Tarnee and Jess working with our AFLW program,” Fry said.
“We head into the draft now with three list spots available and our three picks, which is a great result from this sign and trade period.”