Analea McKee in action for Geelong's VFLW side. Photo: Arj Giese

Geelong Cats VFLW key forward Analea McKee has signed with Brisbane Lions ahead of the 2023 NAB AFLW Season.

McKee has been a versatile asset for the Cats in the 2023 VFLW season, playing predominantly up forward, but pinch-hitting in the ruck and defence as needed.

Since making her VFLW debut in Round 9 last year while still on the Geelong Falcons’ list, McKee has played 18 games with Geelong’s state league side.

McKee put on a match-winning performance against Essendon in Round 9 this year, booting three goals, and was recently selected in the initial All-Stars Under 23 squad.

“We thank Analea for her contribution to our VFLW program for the past 12 months, and wish her well with the next exciting step in her footballing journey,” Geelong Cats Head of AFLW and Football Pathways Brett Johnson said.

“Analea has worked hard to keep improving her game as a young, developing key position player, and it we have seen it rewarded with selection in the initial All-Stars Under 23 team, and now her call up to the AFLW with Brisbane.

“Analea is the latest in a large number of players who have found their way into the AFLW system via our VFLW program, and it is testament to the work our coaches, support staff and club as a whole are putting into the program.”

Geelong has had more than a dozen players with ties to its VFLW program recruited to the AFLW since 2019.

Amy McDonald, Claudia Gunjaca, Liv Fuller, Annabel Johnson, Melissa Bragg and Mia Skinner have all taken their career to the next level at the Cattery, while the likes of Paige Sheppard (Sydney Swans), Tamara Smith (Hawthorn) and Paige Scott (Essendon) are thriving at other clubs around the league.