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Room to grow for AFL women's league

AAP logoAAP 11/11/2016 Michael Ramsey

The inaugural season of the AFL women's league will highlight talent from Canada, England and South Sudan.

But Fremantle marquee player Kara Donnellan says there's no shortage of homegrown future stars keen to step up if the eight-team league expands in coming years.

Donnellan - nicknamed 'Juddy' for her Chris Judd-esque midfield prowess - believes there will be plenty of room for a second team in her adopted home of Western Australia, such is the depth of talent waiting in the wings.

"We've got some unbelievable talent in WA," Donnellan said on Friday at the AFL women's induction camp.

"It really would have been nice to have two teams over there but, obviously, that talent's now being spread nationally.

"A few have missed out but their opportunity will come when the teams grow and the competition grows."

Like the men's competition, the women's league will boast its share of overseas talent, including Canadian Kendra Heil, who will line up for Collingwood, and South Sudan-born Fremantle draftee Akec Makur Chuot.

Brisbane marquee signing Sabrina Frederick-Traub moved to Australia from England a few years ago and started playing footy at her Perth high school as a way to make friends.

She ended up joining the local boys' team before finding her way into the women's league and said the barriers to inclusion were slowly coming down.

"There's always going to be barriers in a game that was predominantly men's," she said.

"But over the last few years, and even the last year after the exhibition match, we've had so many girls' teams come on board.

"In Brisbane, we've had a massive increase in girls footy. I think it's getting closer to being 50 per cent."

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