Isabella Simmons has been drafted to play AFLW in 2021.
Simmons, of Stawell, was selected by Melbourne at pick 48.
She joins fellow Greater Western Victorian Rebels teammate Maggie Caris who was picked at 17 for the same club.
Despite a turbulent year for football in 2020, the tall midfielder/forward has continued to develop her game after a successful junior campaign, including securing positions in the Greater Western Victorian Rebels team, Vic Country team and AFL Women's National Academy.
Simmons started her football career at Stawell in under-14s, before moving to play for the Ararat Storm in a female football league.
Another former Ararat Storm player Renee Saulitis was picked at 34 by St Kilda.
Pre-season will commence with a two-week induction period starting Wednesday, November 4.
The 2021 AFLW season is scheduled to start the week commencing February 1.
As the AFLW is not a full-time competition, restrictions were placed on this year's draft to ease the burden on players.
Players nominated for the state in which they wanted to be drafted.
If a player was not selected in the draft, and a club from another state has an available spot, they are able to approach the player to see if they are interested in moving.
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