Darcy Moloney continues to develop into a vital asset for the Geelong AFLW team, becoming a dual threat across half forward and through the midfield in 2023.
In her fourth season at Kardinia Park, Moloney has spent more time in the midfield to add further depth to one of the strongest on-ball divisions in the competition.
The 20 year old amassed a career high 21 disposals on Saturday against Port Adelaide, averaging 17 possessions per game across the opening four weeks.
The Cats utility has remained dangerous down forward, hitting the scoreboard and producing numerous score involvements already this season.
Moloney joined this week’s episode of Cats AFL podcast ‘Yeah the Girls,’ crediting an important off season for her strong opening month of the season.
"I went into my off season really concentrating on my fitness and strength,” Moloney said.
"When you want to play in the midfield, you don't want to be getting pushed around so it was a huge focus in my pre season.
"Then I think the mental game is the hardest battle throughout a career.
"I wanted to put things in place this year to ensure that if things didn't go right, that it wasn't the be all and end all so I could bounce back better than ever.
"I also wanted to really get around the girls a bit more and incorporate my leadership I find important.
"I didn't really have many football specific things I was focusing on, but I just wanted to get things right in my life so that coming into this season I could invest everything I have into it."
Moloney is part of an exciting young core at Geelong, helping to push the Cats development to new heights in the 2023 season.
Following on from their finals appearance last season, the Cats have started strongly this year with three wins from their opening four games.
Moloney said that it is promising for the club to see growth and development out of their young core, which will hold Geelong in good stead for years to come.
"I get really excited by the new crop of players, who are all so talented and you see it out on the track,” Moloney said.
“You want to give them all the advice that you can, to help them any way you can and I learn as much from them as they do from me.
"It is so exciting to see some of the girls taking big strides, it's great to see what they are bringing now but also remembering how much football they have ahead of them."