“Brid’s a key defender – great speed, good agility, very competitive and has a long history of high-level success in women’s football in Ireland.
“This is a recruiting model that we’ve followed with our two other Irish girls and have had great success with Cora and Yvonne in recent years and we hope to get the same outcome with Brid.”
Stack, 34, called time on her career in Ireland at the end of 2018, gave birth to her first child last October, and will move her family to Sydney later this year.
“What an amazing thing for our footy club, that a young woman is willing to not just move herself here to play Aussie Rules but to bring her 12-month-old son and her husband, as well, in the current COVID-19 environment,” McConnell said.
“It’s just an amazingly courageous thing to do. We’re grateful and hopefully we can make the best of the opportunity for all involved.”
Stack is the final piece in the AFLW puzzle for the Giants, who drafted Tarni Evans, Emily Pease and Libby Graham earlier this week and have now finalised their squad.
Pre-season training will begin next month, with GWS keen to improve on their best-ever AFLW campaign this year – they made the finals but lost their semi by three points to Melbourne, the day before the remainder of the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.
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