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Supplemental Selection Period signings, list spots, Jack Hayes, St Kilda, Hugh Dixon, West Coast Eagles, Patrick Naish


St Kilda has recruited a SANFL star coming off a dominant season.

Plus the Eagles have signed a former Docker, while an ex-Tiger could yet win their final list spot.

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SAINTS ADD SANFL STAR

St Kilda has added SANFL star Jack Hayes to its rookie list through the Supplemental Selection Period (SSP) after he impressed at the club over the pre-season.

The 25-year old finally gets his opportunity after previously drawing interest from AFL cubs.

He was regarded as one of the best players in the SANFL after a dominant season, captaining South Australia, finishing equal third in the Magarey Medal and claiming best on ground honours in the Grand Final after leading Woodville-West Torrens to back-to-back premierships.

“I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to join the Saints,” Hayes said.

“Training here for the past few months has been incredible and only made me want this more.

“I’m looking forward to really embracing the year and proving myself to my teammates, coaches and the Saints fans.”

Saints head of list management James Gallagher was equally excited to bring Hayes on board, joining fellow Woodville-West Torrens recruit Cooper Sharman on the club’s rookie list.

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“We’re really pleased to offer Jack a contract for Season 2022,” Gallagher said.

“Jack has put in a mountain of work since being invited to train with the club this pre-season and his desire to make the most of this opportunity has been evident in his competitiveness and professionalism both on and off the field.

“We look forward to seeing him continue to grow throughout the year.”

St Kilda still has one place on its list remaining and could open up another of they place Nick Coffield (ACL) on the inactive list.

EAGLES ADD EX-DOCKER, EYE FORMER TIGER

Former Fremantle forward Hugh Dixon has found a new home at West Coast as a rookie for 2022 through the Supplemental Selection Period (SSP) after he spent the summer training with the club.

It comes as West Coast navigates its way through an injury crisis including setbacks to Elliot Yeo, Dom Sheed, Campbell Chesser, Connor West, Oscar Allen and Jamie Cripps, while Jack Darling remains unavailable over his hesitance to get vaccinated.

Dixon, who booted two goals in last Friday’s practice match against Fremantle, takes Brad Sheppard’s spot on the list after his retirement due to ongoing concussion problems.

And the 197cm Dixon will be particularly useful for the club in attack without so much key personnel to start the season.

West Coast Coach Adam Simpson said he’ll likely play in Sunday’s AAMI Community Series clash against Fremantle and potentially even Round 1 against Gold Coast.

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“We have been impressed with Hugh’s approach to winning a place on our list and he could not have done any more to convince us that he deserves this chance,” Eagles national recruiting and list manager Rohan O’Brien said.

“He was among our best in the practice game last Friday night and we think he has a lot to offer.

“He turned 23 just last week, has been in the system previously and understands the demands at the elite level.

“Hugh has settled in nicely at the club and certainly the other players were rapt for him when they were told he would be added to our squad.”

Dixon, 23, played just one game for Fremantle after getting drafted by the club with Pick 44 in the 2017 AFL Draft.

Meanwhile, ex- Fremantle ruckman Luke Strnadica, former Brisbane midfielder Tom Joyce and nine-game Tiger Patrick Naish will train with West Coast over the coming weeks in a bid to earn the final SSP spot.

Naish, who played six games for Richmond last year, arrived at West Coast on Thursday to begin training and is likely to feature in Sunday’s AAMI Community Series Clash against Fremantle.



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