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Look at the club and how well they've developed over a short period of time … I just wanted to be part of it
New recruit Alex Williams

Daisy Pearce, Katie Brennan, Moana Hope and Tayla Harris are among the high-profile faces of the AFL Women's league, and Greater Western Sydney recruit Alex Williams is happy to let them enjoy the spotlight. 

Williams signed as one of the club's priority selections, and will join fellow West Australians and marquee players Emma Swanson and Renee Forth in Sydney in November. 

The tall defender, who like many females gave up her footy dream as a youngster only to rediscover her love for the game at high school, told she's moving to the other side of the country to achieve success on the field.

As a result, everything else will take a back seat. 

"I'm not big on being in front of the camera and just like to concentrate on my footy really," she said. 

"I don't want to get too involved in that sort of stuff. 

"If it happens later on it happens, but for now, I'm moving to Sydney for footy and that’s my priority." 

Williams, who plays for East Fremantle alongside Swanson in the WAWFL, represented West Coast in an AFL exhibition series game against Fremantle earlier this year.

She had talks with the Dockers and a couple of other clubs, but it was the GIANTS she was most impressed with. 

"Look at the club and how well they've developed over a short period of time … I just wanted to be part of it," she said.

"Watching the steps the men's team have taken makes you think the women's team could head the same way, and have that success too.

"You hear so many good things about the GIANTS off-field too, and that's what really attracted me to the club."

The 23-year-old, who counts Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe as a role model, joins a long list of Perth-based players in the inaugural elite women's league, with eight of the 16 marquee players named in July hailing from the west.

 Williams said she was still pinching herself about soon making history with the GIANTS. 

"I remember going to a meeting in Perth and our officials told us an AFL women's competition was going to happen in 2013," she said.

"But we got to 2013 and nothing was going on, so I kind of gave up on it.

"I just thought I'd play footy for the social side of it and get on with life, and never thought it would get as big as it has over the last year.

"Being on TV (the exhibition game) was a big thing for us … it was a little taste of what's to come and really exciting.

"It's a bit scary but exciting at the same time. I'm just really pumped about getting started."

Williams joins NSW's Maddy Collier as the most recent additions to the GIANTS' women's team. 

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