Shane Persians mother is the first African-American woman to make the AFL’s rookie list.

The 24-year-old mother of five, who hails from South Sudan, made the cut as an uncontracted rookie for the Western Bulldogs in the 2017 season.

She is the daughter of the late Shane Persiant, the AFL champion who coached the Bombers from 1989-94.

She will be a free agent in the 2018 AFL season, with the Bombs having until March 7 to offer her a new deal.

The former Adelaide woman is the son of former AFL star and current AFL player Mark Persian.

The Bombers have previously confirmed that Persians daughter was part of a group of women who met the then AFL head of coaching, David Noble, when they were at the AFL Players’ Association.

“She’s the only African-Australian player who’s ever been picked,” Noble said.

“Shane was one of the first.

She has a great career ahead of her.”

Persians father, a former AFL player, said his daughter was “just a special kid”.

“She had a lot of energy, and she was a really good kid, she was really good with her team-mates,” Persians father said.

Persian was the first player from her native South Sudan to make his AFL debut in 2015.

During the AFL All-Australian team selection panel, Persians was chosen to represent South Sudan.