Fremantle AFLW player Sabreena Duffy will be moved from the Club’s Primary List to its Inactive List after the forward decided to pursue a professional opportunity and focus on her wellbeing.
A promotion with her current employer, the Department of Justice, means Duffy won’t be able to commit to the AFLW pre-season commencing in September and would be unavailable to play for Fremantle during season six of the AFLW competition.
General manager of football operations and performance Joe Brierty said although it was disappointing to lose a player of Duffy’s talent, the Club was supportive of her decision to pursue this professional opportunity and take some time away from the Club.
“Sabreena is an exciting player, a fan favourite and a valued part of our team, so we are disappointed we won’t see her line up in the upcoming AFLW season. However, we acknowledge the importance of Sabreena’s wellbeing and the career opportunity that has been presented.” Brierty said
“This decision allows Sabreena to prioritise her career and her wellbeing, and our priority will be to provide regular support to Sabreena and stay in close contact with her during her time away from the Club.”
”Hopefully, we will see her back in purple for season seven of the AFLW.”
Duffy said the balance between work and football had been challenging for the star forward.
“I love playing football with my teammates but it has been a challenging few years for me off the footy field. I want to take some time away from the game to be at my best before hopefully returning in Season Seven,” Duffy said.
“I have also been provided with a full-time work opportunity in an officer role which allows me to spend more time with kids and making an impact in the community. This is an opportunity I’m extremely passionate about and one that I know will progress my professional working career."
Fremantle will now take a total of six picks into the NAB AFLW Draft, held at the end of July.