Loyalty led Alyce Parker to join the GIANTS as an AFLW draftee two years ago, as clubs from Melbourne attempted to lure her south.
Parker grew up on a farm in Holbrook - about halfway between Sydney and Melbourne in the Riverina - and reached state level in seven sports as a junior before deciding to pursue a football career.
Under AFLW rules, she was able to nominate the state she wished to play in ahead of the draft in 2018.
She explains her decision to nominate NSW – effectively the GIANTS – in the latest episode of Becoming GIANT, presented by Bingo Industries.
“Being from Holbrook, which is actually closer to Melbourne, it would in a way be geographically easier if I played for a Melbourne club,” Parker said.
“But to say no to a club like (GWS), I couldn’t fathom it. They treated me so well from such a young age, and I guess from such a long way out from the draft, which in the end made it easier for me.
“I knew quite some time before the draft that I wanted to be a GIANT, and that I wanted to play for the GIANTS and play alongside Amanda Farrugia and Alicia Eva.
“You’ve always got (offers coming from elsewhere) if you’re at the top of that talent pathway, but I think they all pretty much knew how much I wanted to be a GIANT.
“I was very loyal to them but nowhere near as much as the GIANTS were to me.”
Parker, this year’s Gabrielle Trainor Medallist, is the first AFLW player to feature in the Becoming GIANT series.
Heath Shaw, Lachie Whitfield and Zac Williams appear in other episodes, with more GIANTS to tell the story behind their move to the club in upcoming weeks.