Tasmanians hurting over Roos exits but for a Launceston star on the rise

BIG GOALS: East Launceston-raised Mia King is remaining focused on a long career for North Melbourne Tasmania Magpies beyond this coronavirus year. Picture: Phillip Biggs
BIG GOALS: East Launceston-raised Mia King is remaining focused on a long career for North Melbourne Tasmania Magpies beyond this coronavirus year. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Mia King has been assured that the Launceston talent's future is secured with AFLW club North Melbourne after dual teammate Abbey Green was discarded on Monday.

Green, who had rucked to King last TSLW season, was traded to Collingwood early in the AFLW draft period for pick 40 after her rookie year.

Former Kangaroos coach Scott Gowan, who became a victim of coronavirus-related financial cuts at the club, had been a supporter of Green.

"That would be good from North so to just work on my development," King said.

"I am really happy to be a part of the club."

While waiting to ink a new deal, King admits to a tinge of sadness of Green's departure following just the two games this year for the 23-year-old.

But she believes the TSLW premiership teammate will embrace the new surrounds.

"Abbey was a really good mate at North, so I was a bit sad to hear, but I am really excited because I know it's really the best opportunity for her to showcase her skills at Collingwood," she said.

"To be a first ruck and play a forward role I think that will be really good in her growth as a footballer. It will just be awesome to be able to see her development next year."

The concern surrounded issues with Green's knees.

The shake-ups continued with the delisting of former Blues twins, Libby and Chloe Haines, which has not been a good look either for the club's Tasmanian alliance.

Libby Haines will line up in defence against King in Saturday's TSLW clash since transferring to Glenorchy in the offseason just as Chloe has been left to rehabilitate from an ACL injury.

"Who knows? They could be picked up in the draft by another club," King said.

"They're also strong footballers and they'll continue to grow at TSLW footy."

The TSLW has also been credited for preparing the class Launceston midfielder to make the AFLW grade.

"I think in Tassie, I have an advantage to improve my game, work on my skills more and keep learning key things about footy to keep practicing the basics," she said.

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