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AFLW star Erin Phillips Leaves Adelaide Crows For Home Town Rivals Port And No One Is Mad

One of AFLW’s best players joins Port Adelaide for their first season in the league.

One of AFLW's best players, Erin Phillips, has decided to leave Adelaide Crows for home town rivals Port Adelaide in their first AFLW season in the league.   

Phillips, who is turning 37 next month, is a two-time WNBA Champion, FIBA Women's World Basketball gold medalist and has played at two Olympics. On top of all that, she has won the AFLW best and fairest, twice, along with three premierships with the Crows.  

When Port Adelaide was announced to be entering into the AFLW, there was chatter about Phillips jumping ship, as her father Greg was the captain of Port Adelaide, winning eight SANFL premierships, playing 343 games between 1976 and 1993.   

In a statement from the Crows on Wednesday, Phillips was announced as leaving the Crows to "explore her options".   

"As a footballer, Erin has been the best player of her generation, but equally, she is a great person," Crows AFLW head of football Phil Harper said.  

"Her contribution to our club, as well as women's football here in South Australia and nationally, has been significant and she has helped create a legacy from which many young girls and women will benefit.  

"We wish Erin, her wife Tracy and their family all the best for the future and thank them for helping make our Club a better place."  

In a tweet, Port Adelaide announced Phillips' new home.  

Phillips was quoted in Port Adelaide's statement saying it had been "an absolute privilege" to have been a part of the AFLW's most successful club.   

"I obviously have great memories and friendships from my time at Adelaide, which I will cherish forever," Phillips said.  

"But as a kid growing up, all I wanted was to be like Dad and play football for the Port Adelaide Football Club. Port Adelaide feels like home to me. It's where I spent a lot of my childhood".  

"It was always my dream to be able to represent the club and add to its incredible history, and I am beyond thrilled to finally get that chance and play a role in building this team from the ground up.  

"I am really excited by the plans for the Alberton precinct redevelopment and the opportunity to work with some incredible women, including Lauren Arnell, Juliet Haslam, Rachael Sporn and Naomi Maidment to establish a successful female football program that will only grow in years to come."