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AFLW best and fairest Erin Phillips retires from WNBA

Adelaide Crows captain Erin Phillips has called time on her WNBA career to spend time with her young family and focus on the future of her professional sporting career.

After nine years in the WNBA, claiming two titles and co-captaining the Dallas Wings in 2016, Phillips was placed on waivers after just one season with the Wings.

"After nine years, two titles and some great memories playing in the WNBA, I've now got the opportunity to start the next stage of my professional career in sport," Phillips told AdelaideNow.com.

"Most importantly, this gives me the first opportunity since last October to spend dedicated time with my young family at our home in Dallas.

"I've loved every minute of my time with the Wings and want to thank them for their consideration and the professionalism they have shown throughout the process."

It is understood Phillips will return to Adelaide for Crows training in November.

"Erin is a fantastic leader who has made an immense impact across women's sport, including the WNBA and AFLW," Goddard said.

"On behalf of the Club, we congratulate her on her successful time with the WNBA and thank the Dallas Wings for supporting her as she followed her dream to play football professionally.

"We're looking forward to Erin returning to Adelaide in November and the physical break will no doubt benefit her body, allowing her to focus on potential future commitments with the Opals as well as the AFLW."