Port Adelaide star recruit Erin Phillips has shared the emotional moment she told her proud dad Greg she was named the club’s first boss.
Greg Phillips is a Port club great, winning eight premierships from 343 games.
His son Erin, a basketball and AFLW champion, was the biggest signing of the off-season – from Adelaide – where she won three premierships – to join expansion club Port Adelaide next season.
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On Monday, Phillips was named the new captain and shared the exciting news with her father.
As the duo posed for photos with Phillips’ new jumper, dad Greg quickly realized something was up when the famous number 22 was missing from the back.
Phillips said she would take her father’s number when she signed, but on Monday she revealed her jersey number 1.
“What is this number?” Greg is heard asking.
“The best part of being in Port Adelaide was being captain, you know how I said that?” Erin laughs.
“you are?” Her father answers.
As Erin nods, the two embrace as tears fall from both father and daughter.
“Well done,” says Greg.
“Number doesn’t matter, I’m proud of you.”
Phillips was the first player to be signed to the Power’s AFLW squad 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 named best on land in two of his three grand final victories.
“Growing up, all I wanted to do was be like my 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 most of my childhood.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to represent the club and add to its incredible history, and I’m delighted to finally have that opportunity and play my part in building this team from the ground up.
“I am excited about the plan to redevelop the Alberton area and work with some amazing women including Lauren Arnell, Juliet Haslam, Rachael Spoor and Naomi Maidment to establish a successful women’s soccer program that will only grow in the years to come.”