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St Kilda joins Power in exploring top-up option

Nathan Schmook  January 22, 2016 11:16 AM

Gordon seeks advice from Swiss lawyers Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon on ABC Radio

ST KILDA has joined Port Adelaide in exploring the option of adding a top-up player to its list after coming to terms with the loss of banned recruit Jake Carlisle for the 2016 season.

The Saints can promote a rookie to replace Carlisle, but the AFL has not given them permission to recruit a new player to complete their list.

The Power are pushing the League to grant them top-up players to replace banned pair Paddy Ryder and Angus Monfries, given their lack of depth in the ruck following the Court of Arbitration for Sport's ruling against the Essendon 34.

The club lodged a submission to the AFL late this week and is waiting for a response.

AFL.com.au understands the Western Bulldogs are also lobbying to replace banned forward Stewart Crameri if he does not challenge his suspension at the Swiss Federal Tribunal.

Bulldogs president Peter Gordon suggested on Friday morning "there well could be" an appeal against the CAS decision from Crameri and Bulldogs VFL player Brent Prismall.  

St Kilda would not be certain to take up the option of signing a top-up player, but it is understood the club is keen to have the option.

It is not yet clear if Melbourne will seek the option of adding a top-up player to its list to replace banned recruit Jake Melksham.

Essendon has been granted the option of signing up to 10 top-up players – and promoting five rookies to its senior list – after 12 Bombers were banned for the 2016 season.