The Gold Coast SUNS has made another move on deadline day of the AFLW Sign & Trade period, with the signing of inside midfielder Alison Drennan.

Drennan comes to the SUNS from the Saints where she played in the club’s inaugural season after formerly representing North Melbourne. 

In exchange for Drennan’s services, Gold Coast has given up pick 24 in the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft, previously acquired from a trade with Brisbane. 

Drennan fills a need in Gold Coast’s midfield – standing at 176cm she is a bigger body to complement the likes of existing SUNS midfielders Jamie Stanton, Hannah Dunn, Kate Surman, Dee Heslop and Ellie Hampson.

“I am so excited to sign with the SUNS and can’t wait to get up there for pre-season,” Drennan said.

“I’ve been so impressed by what the club achieved in its first season and hope I can help the SUNS go even better in 2021.”

The 29-year-old played five games for the Saints in 2020 and seven games for the Kangaroos in 2019.

A former college basketballer and Kettlebell champion, Drennan averaged 12 disposals and four tackles per game last season.

Her best game last season came against ladder-leaders Fremantle where she played an influential role with 17 disposals and four tackles. 

Off the field, Drennan works as a personal trainer and runs her own business. 

She was a member of St Kilda’s inaugural leadership group and add will add crucial experience to Gold Coast’s mix in 2021.