Two-time AFLW grand finalists Brisbane face an almighty rebuild after losing their skipper and key forward this week to expansion rivals.
Lions captain Leah Kaslar is heading to the Gold Coast Suns and Sabrina Frederick has been lured south by Richmond in back-to-back bombshells announced on Tuesday night.
Both were foundation players for Brisbane and huge parts of their early success.
Kaslar's move to the Suns makes her one of seven players that have defected for the Lions' soon-to-be rivals.
The 33-year-old said Gold Coast's links with Cairns, her hometown, was a big lure.
"The connection to Cairns was huge, that's where I'm from and I love that the club's engaged with those north regional areas which is pretty special to me," Kaslar said.
"It does feel like I'm coming home here and the opportunity to work with new people and play for a club I've supported for a long time is a really great opportunity."
Aspirational expansion club Richmond have given up their first-round draft pick for Frederick, an All-Australian in Brisbane's grand final seasons of 2017 and 2018.
"Sabrina is a terrific player and person who we feel will fit seamlessly into our football program," Richmond women's football boss Kate Sheahan said.
"The sky is the limit with "Sabs", and we are ecstatic that she will be wearing the yellow and black."
Richmond appear to have the foundations of a strong list for their inaugural season, nabbing Katie Brennan from Western Bulldogs.
Along with Brennan and Kaslar, a third AFLW captain could yet be on the move.
Carlton coach Daniel Harford has intimated that skipper Brianna Davey will request a trade from the Blues, 2019 grand finalists, to perennial strugglers Collingwood.
As Davey is reportedly keen to join an existing club, rather than an expansion outfit, the two rivals must broker a trade to seal a deal.
Her Blues teammate Darcy Vescio appealed to the public to have leniency with players choosing to leave their clubs.
"I think it's super unfair for gals to have their loyalty questioned for changing clubs," she wrote on Twitter.
"We're not on lengthy contracts for the big $ and also players literally have to move to grow (the competition). It's not the clubs' fault, nor players' fault, it's the current landscape."
Australian Associated Press