Phillips steps away from Adelaide captaincy
Iconic AFLW star Erin Phillips has stepped aside from the Adelaide Crows captaincy ahead of the new season.
The Crows announced the decision on Saturday but didn't say whether co-captain Chelsea Randall would continue in a leadership role, stating the team would decide their leaders ahead of their first trial match on January 17.
Phillips said she would never forget lifting two premiership cups alongside Randall and their coaches.
"It's been an amazing four years as the co-captain of the Adelaide Crows together with Chelsea Randall," Phillips said in an Instagram post.
"However, I know right now is the time to step down and allow the next group of leaders to take the reins and I am excited to help them along the way.
"To hold up the premiership cup twice alongside Chelsea, Bec Goddard and Matthew Clarke is something I will be forever grateful for."
Randall paid tribute to Phillips in a comment on her post.
"A powerful legacy left for others to follow. Thank you for the lessons learned and the memories shared," Randall said.
Crows head of women's football Phil Harper said the club needed to promote new leaders and Phillips would be there to support and develop them.
"Erin's decision has been made in conjunction with the club and while we have been discussing it for the last 18 months, we believe this is the right time to make a change," Harper said.
"She has been a fantastic captain over the last four years but this is a great chance to take the next step as a group.
"Erin will play a big role in mentoring the younger leaders and making sure the leadership and positive culture will be continued at the club."
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