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AFLW: Foot rules star Pie out for 2019 season

Chloe Molloy will miss the entire 2019 AFLW season - AFLW,Collingwood Magpies,Chloe Molloy
Chloe Molloy will miss the entire 2019 AFLW season

COLLINGWOOD best and fairest and NAB AFLW Rising Star Chloe Molloy will miss the entire 2019 AFLW season with a Linsfranc injury in her right foot.

Molloy, 19, sustained the injury in Collingwood's VFLW preliminary final loss to Geelong on Sunday and will have surgery next week.

Her foot was caught in a tackle in the first quarter of the match.

"Chloe will undergo surgery on her right foot next week, ruling her out of the 2019 AFLW season," Collingwood's performance and strategy manager Marcus Wagner said.

"It's devastating for Chloe, who has put in a lot of hard work since her standout first AFLW season.

"I'm sure Chloe will do everything she can to get back on the field as soon as possible, and in the meantime she'll remain involved in our AFLW program to continue her football development," he said.

Molloy was drafted as a forward after finishing equal-first in the 2017 VFLW goalkicking award with Katie Brennan, but won All-Australian honours after playing her first season for the black and white in defence.

Her steady hands, clean disposal skills and cool head under pressure proved crucial to the Magpies, who finished sixth of the eight sides.

"I was really looking forward to running out with the team again in 2019, but hopefully it creates an opportunity for another young footballer to work hard and achieve her dream," Molloy said.

"While I won't be on the field with them, I'll do everything I can to help and support the team in 2019."

Collingwood will be without eight of the top 10 from their 2018 best and fairest after Molloy's injury.

With players on one-year contracts, movement between AFLW clubs is common. Jasmine Garner, Jess Duffin, Emma King and Moana Hope moved to North Melbourne, Christina Bernardi will play for Greater Western Sydney, Amelia Barden is now at Carlton while Caitlyn Edwards has retired to focus on her rugby career.

Only captain Steph Chiocci and hard-nut midfielder Jaimee Lambert remain from the top 10.

Key defenders Stacey Livingstone (shoulder) and Ash Brazill (quad) played only two games each in the 2018 AFLW season and should slot into the Pies' first-choice team for 2019.

The Magpies acquired former Brisbane defender Nicole Hildebrand during the off-season, and currently have picks 5, 11, 13, 18, 19, 29, 32 and 51 in the NAB AFLW Draft on October 23.