MELBOURNE has welcomed a new addition to its list, signing Grace Hill for the 2024 AFLW season. 

The former GWS player, who debuted in Season 7 of the competition and played nine games for the Giants, is set to bring defensive power to the red and blue. 

Todd Patterson, AFLW List Manager, shared his excitement at bringing the experienced 25-year-old to the club.   

“Grace comes to us after being delisted from GWS, where she was originally recruited from netball,” Todd said. 

“What we get from Grace is a high-level competitor, preparer, teammate and athlete that is going to push very hard for a position within our backline. 

“When reviewing Grace, we identified that she can play on a variety of types, which she did in our game in the early rounds acquitting herself well against both Tayla (Harris) and Kate (Hore) at different stages of that game.” 

Hill earns her opportunity at the Demons as an Injury Replacement Player, with recent draftee Jacinta Hose sidelined for the 2024 season due to an ACL injury.  

“Part of our planning with welcoming Jacinta was that we would give her the required time to recover from her ACL by sitting out next year,” Patterson said. 

“We want to set her up for a strong career, allowing her to capitalise on her great potential that we see.” 

Hill joins an exciting list of 23 current Dees’ players who have signed on, and five new Demons who were announced at Monday night’s AFLW Draft.