A strong first season on the AFLW stage wasn't enough for Mia King to find her way into the AFLPA's inaugural 22Under22 AFLW squad, which was announced on Thursday morning.
King, a national academy squad member who the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos used their access to to select with the 49th pick in the 2019 national draft, played the final four matches of the season, including Saturday's semi-final win over Collingwood, before the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 18-year-old midfielder from Launceston looked at home in those matches, averaging nine touches at 54 per cent disposal efficiency.
Her best outing came in North's come from behind win against Geelong in round six at GMHBA Stadium when she collected 12 disposals, took one mark, laid seven tackles and kicked 1.0.
She also had 11 touches and laid three tackles on debut against Gold Coast at Arden Street.
To be eligible for selection, players had to be aged 22 years or under for the entirety of the season, including the finals series (as was originally scheduled).
Wynyard's Haines twins (Chloe and Libby) were also eligible, but did not play a game between them this season, as was Launceston's Daria Bannister, who had another injury impacted season.
That quartet were the only Tassie Roos eligible.
Ellyse Gamble at the Western Bullogs, who has had an injury interrupted AFLW career, also fit the criteria as no Tasmanians were included in the squad.
AFL Players' Association Board member Meg Downie said the concept is great recognition for the AFLW's young talent during the early stages of their career.
"It's exciting to see the 22Under22 concept enter the AFLW scene," Downie said.
"AFLW has opened the doors for so many talented female footballers and I've seen firsthand how much the younger brigade are influencing the competition.
"There are some unbelievable players from this cohort."
The public can now vote to cut back the 31-woman squad at 22under22.com.au until April 8.