Collingwood AFLW star Sarah Rowe has crossed codes to join Melbourne Victory.
Rowe has signed an injury-replacement deal with the Victory as cover for Melina Ayres, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury.
The versatile athlete, who has spent the past five AFLW seasons with the Magpies, is no stranger to football after representing Ireland in the sport at youth and senior level.
Rowe has also played top-level Gaelic football in a decorated sporting career.
With a lengthy break now between AFLW seasons, Rowe’s one-time dream of representing Ireland at the World Cup remains possible.
If things take off, Rowe could even face the Matildas in Ireland’s World Cup opener on July 20.
“One can dream,” Rowe told AAP.
“I didn’t think that there would be an option to get back into the squad again, having been away for so long.
“Step one was getting back to playing soccer again, step…