One of the most recognizable players in the AFLW has taken aim at her former club for how she publicly dealt with her departure.
AFLW star Tayla Harris has called the handling of her departure from Carlton “disappointing,” while criticizing “inaccurate” rumors about her salary demands.
After four seasons with the Blues, Harris was traded to Melbourne in June after a disappointing season.
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One of the AFLW’s most recognizable faces, the 24-year-old became the leading figure in women’s soccer for taking a stand in 2019 against online trolls who pointed to a photo of her mid-flight.
Controversy surrounded the 24-year-old’s future and, as contract negotiations with Carlton dragged on, it even looked like Harris might be lost to the AFLW forever.
Reports surfaced that he was seeking $ 150.00 per season from the Blues and had annoyed his teammates by leaving a training session early. However, Harris’ manager Alex Saundry dismissed rumors of that dollar figure, calling it exaggerated.
Now Harris herself has targeted Carlton for allowing “inaccurate” information about the negotiation of his contract to be disclosed in public.
“Disappointing is the word,” he told the Herald Sun about the constant conversation about his contract and the question marks about his dedication to the game.
“Hopefully your workplace will keep private information private, but this is the world of football and things are coming out.
“But I think an inaccurate contract discussion is frustrating because it doesn’t reflect reality.”
Harris said the handling of her departure from Carlton was “upsetting” but that she is glad it happened and hopes she can start over with the Demons.
“It’s part of the industry and that’s okay,” he said.
“The frustrating part was digging into my reputation or my character is more important.
“What I can feel comfortable with is that the people close to me know what it’s about and who I am, and it’s yet another reason to make sure I only care about myself and my people.
“I look back and can be thankful that it all happened. Of course it was awkward at the time and it was heartbreaking and disappointing and disturbing and all that stuff.
“But now I look back and think, here I am in the best condition, in the best mental space, feeling better than ever and actually loving football for the first time in a long time, and looking forward to the season and loving this. group. I can be happy that everything happened the way it did. “
Harris, who is also a professional boxer and became a qualified marriage celebrant last year, will make her Melbourne debut this weekend.
The dynamic forward will line up for the Demons on Saturday against the Western Bulldogs in Round 1 of the new AFLW season.