She’s been on the Gold Coast for close to a week, but Lexi Hamilton still can’t believe she’s now an AFLW player.

Hamilton relocated from Canberra alongside fellow ACT draftee Hannah Dunn and has hardly skipped a beat since arriving on the Coast.

“It’s awesome just to get around the girls and be involved in such a great environment,” Hamilton told SUNS Media.

“I’m so excited to be here and the girls are making it so easy for a transfer so it’s awesome.

“It hasn’t really fully sunk in yet but I think when pre-season starts and we get on the track it will definitely sink in then.” 

A rising star in Canberra’s junior AFL ranks, Hamilton excites as a dual-threat key position player who is capable at either end of the ground.

“I grew up in Canberra and went through the NSW/ACT pathway,” Hamilton said.

“I started at Belconnen playing in Canberra and then transferred over to Queanbeyan.

“We had a stellar year, won the cup and things after that excelled. 

“Success started to grow and now I’m standing here so it’s been a journey.”

Hamilton is unsure which end of the ground she sees herself playing long-term, but whichever one it is, the opposition may want to stay out of her way.

“I’m aggressive – I like to run and chase the ball and try to lay some big hits on other girls so that should be one thing to look out for hopefully,” she said. 

“I don’t really know what to expect this year – I don’t know if I’ll be playing back or forward so I think it will be a bit of a surprise really.”