Port Adelaide’s star recruit Erin Phillips has shared the emotional moment she told her proud father Greg she’d been named the club’s inaugural skipper.
Greg Phillips is a Port club great, with eight premierships from 343 games.
His daughter Erin, a basketball and AFLW champion, was the biggest signing of the off-season as she made the move from Adelaide – where she’d won three premierships – to join expansion club Port Adelaide for the upcoming season.
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On Monday, Phillips was named the new captain and shared the exciting news with her dad.
As the duo posed for a photo with Phillips’ new jumper, dad Greg quickly realised something was going on when his famous number 22 was not on the back.
Phillips had said she would take her dad’s number when she signed, but on Monday, her jumper showed number 1.
“What’s this number?” Greg is heard asking.
“Well you know how you said the best part of being at Port Adelaide was being captain?” Erin laughs.
“Are ya?” her dad replies.
When Erin nods, the duo embrace as tears fall from both dad and daughter.
“Well done,” Greg says.
“It doesn’t matter what number, I’m proud of you.”
Phillips was the first player signed to the Power’s AFLW team, and is widely regarded as the best player in the competition.
The 36-year-old won three premierships with the Crows, along with three All Australian honours. Phillips was also named best on ground in two of those three grand final victories.
“As a kid growing up, all I wanted was to be like Dad and play football for the Port Adelaide Football Club,” she said when she signed in April.
“Port Adelaide feels like home to me. It’s where I spent a lot of my childhood.
“It was always my dream to be able to represent the club and add to its incredible history, and I am beyond thrilled to finally get that chance and play a role in building this team from the ground up.
“I am really excited by the plans for the Alberton precinct redevelopment and the opportunity to work with some incredible women including Lauren Arnell, Juliet Haslam, Rachael Sporn and Naomi Maidment to establish a successful female football program that will only grow in years to come.”