Lions snare Bella

Bella Ayre, left, pictured celebrating a goal with Carlton teammate Darcy Vescio during the Blues' win against Collingwood in the inaugural AFL Women's match, has been traded to the Brisbane Lions. Picture — WAYNE LUDBEY, Herald Sun

Bella Ayre, left, pictured celebrating a goal with Carlton teammate Darcy Vescio during the Blues' win against Collingwood in the inaugural AFL Women's match, has been traded to the Brisbane Lions. Picture — WAYNE LUDBEY, Herald Sun

PROUD Kerang export and inaugural AFLW player Bella Ayre has been traded to the Brisbane Lions from Carlton. 

Ayre, 18, who is currently completing her final year of high school in Bendigo, believes the move to the Sunshine State will prove a winner for her development.

It was confirmed on Thursday that Ayre and Carlton rookie Nat Exon were included in a trade that sees the Blues receive Lions marquee player Tayla Harris.

"Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich contacted me on Tuesday night and said he would like me to come up to Brisbane," she said.

"I contacted my coach [Blues senior coach Damien Keeping] and talked to him about it all.

"There were a lot of different deals being tabled, but it all got finalised quickly."

Ayre was Carlton's third pick in the first AFLW draft, and while she has enjoyed her time at the club, she believes the move to Brisbane will be good for her.

"We had an amazing season, it's a great club and they were a great bunch of girls. I love Carlton but I think this move is a good opportunity," she said.

"I am still young, still in Year 12 and have a lot of options ahead of me and I think this will be great for my development."

Drafted for her ability in attacking 50, Ayre's versatility added a string to her bow with the Blues using her regularly in midfield as well.

She played all but one match of the inaugural AFLW season and is currently playing for VFL Women's side Diamond Creek.

Labelled as one of the league's most exciting prospects, Ayre has praised the influence of former club Woorinen in her development. 

"They [Woorinen] were my last youth girls team I played at…they were a great club and I loved playing there," she said.

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