IT could be a daunting initiation for some, but Wagga product Ally Morphett is relishing her initial steps as a Greater Western Sydney Giant at pre-season training.
The East Wagga Kooringal junior moved to Sydney last month after she was taken with pick number 37 by the Giants in the AFLW draft in July.
A ruck who can provide a target up forward if needed, Morphett turns 18 next month and is juggling part time work with training three days a week as the Giants prepare for the start of the season in December.
"The intensity (is the big difference) , 100 per cent," she said.
"It is an elite atmosphere and everyone's here because they want to win. I really enjoy it, it's a more challenging environment to be in compared to youth footy and everyone's so committed.
"I've done a lot of running, a heap of drills and started a bit of ruck work as well."
Morphett showed plenty of promise with Murray Bushrangers and Belconnen before the Giants came knocking.
She finished third in the Canberra league's best and fairest count this season and is confident training in an elite environment will accelerate her development further.
"I've been doing heaps of work with (the Giants' 2018 All Australian ruck) Erin McKinnon," she said.
"At this stage I'm just trying to learn as much as I can, work really hard through pre-season and hopefully get a game in.
"You never know at this stage, anything can happen.
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"I'm just trying not to put too much pressure on myself, because it's really hard to see the players who have been there for multiple years hitting every single target.
"We're sticking to our brand of football, smart and skillful and ticking all the boxes. The side we have is an exciting one."
The Giants have a very new-look team with Morphett joined by fellow draftees Jess Doyle, Brodee Mowbray, Georgina Fowler and Casidhe Simmons, replacement players Isadora McLeay and Ally Dallaway and trade period acquisitions Katie Loynes, Chloe Dalton and Jasmine Grierson.
"All of the new girls are fitting in really well," head coach Alan McConnell told the Giants' website.
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