The 23-year old, who’s currently recovering from an ACL injury, enjoyed a breakout 2020 season including club best and fairest, AFLW Rising Star and All-Australian honours.
She’s booted 18 goals from 20 games for the Bulldogs since joining the club with Pick 1 in the 2017 AFLW Draft.
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However Huntington will be a slim chance to play for the Giants in the next AFLW season — widely reported to be kicking off in August — as she recovers from her ACL injury.
It comes in the same week that Bulldogs captain Ellie Blackburn and fellow star Kirsty Lamb confirmed they would stay at the club.
The forward admitted the call to depart Whitten Oval was an “incredibly difficult decision,” one that extends beyond football.
“Having recently begun the long rehab process for my third ACL injury, in combination with the current part-time nature of the competition, it’s become increasingly clear to me that I can’t make life decisions solely based on football. With the opportunity to progress my studies and off-field work interstate, it is the right move for me at this time,” she said in a statement.
“I have absolutely adored my time at the Bulldogs across the past five years. I couldn’t be more thankful for what they have done for me and the connections I have built there. Pulling on the jumper 20 times with my teammates was an honour, and being involved in off-field endeavours such as working with the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation was equally memorable.
“I am saddened to leave behind such a wonderful club and group of people within it, but I’m very grateful for their genuine support for me as a person, not just a footballer. The care I have received from the staff and my teammates throughout my journey here has been unbelievable and I will be eternally grateful for their support.”
The Dogs will now begin conversations with Huntington’s management to facilitate a deal ahead of the AFLW sign and trade period.
“It’s disappointing for us to lose someone like Izzy, who has been a strong performer on field and an established leader off it, and with such a bright future as a player ahead of her” Bulldogs GM of Women’s Football Debbie Lee said.
“We fully understand Izzy’s need to move to Sydney for education and non-football related reasons, and we wish her well as she embarks the next stage on her football journey.
“Given Izzy’s standing in the game, her achievements to date and the Club’s investment in her development, we’ll work hard to ensure we are appropriately compensated through the AFLW’s player movement structure.”