After just over a week on the Gold Coast, AFLW draftee Cheyenne Hammond is starting to feel at home.
The South-Australian left Adelaide to relocate to the Gold Coast, leaving her partner and family behind, but has found solace in her new family of 30 teammates.
“(I’ve) just been getting to know the girls a little bit more and finding a house to live in so it’s been pretty good so far,” Hammond told SUNS Media.
“We’re all getting around each other – everyone’s really welcoming and makes effort to have a conversation with you.
“It feels like a family really so that’s good.”
Hammond is a relative newcomer to the game, switching from a successful junior career as a soccer player.
The 21-year-old has played two seasons in the SANFL Women’s league for South Adelaide where she won back-to-back Grand Finals, including the best on ground medal in 2018.
Hammond is excited to begin her first AFLW pre-season where she hopes to build on her biggest strength – her running.
“I feel like that’s just what I am as a player – I like to run a lot so hopefully I can bring that out on the field and show my strengths,” Hammond said.
“I’m expecting (pre-season) to be really hard but I’m up for it and can’t wait for the challenge.
“It’s really exciting to be a part of it.”