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Irish Saint loses halo, but wants another crack

Ray Connellan (left) is tackled by fellow Irishman Darragh Joyce at training - AFL,Ray Connellan,St Kilda Saints,Delistings
Ray Connellan (left) is tackled by fellow Irishman Darragh Joyce at training

UNTRIED Irishman Ray Connellan has been delisted by St Kilda.

AFL.com.au understands the speedy forward was told in the past week he would not be kept on for 2019.

Connellan is a left-footer with blistering pace, natural flair and impressive goal sense.

He is keen to continue his career at another club after just two years in the AFL.

The 24-year-old arrived at the Saints in 2016, previously having played Gaelic football at the highest level in Ireland.

Connellan lined up in 33 VFL matches across his two seasons.

After a form slump early in the year, he finished with 19 goals this campaign.

In 2018, he slotted three goals three times in a Sandringham side that finished with only five wins, and ended the season as the Zebras' second-leading goalkicker.

His flair and talent with the football have been obvious, despite his limited experience playing Aussie Rules. However, St Kilda felt Connellan didn't do enough defensively.

He never broke through for his debut, despite coming into the selection conversation late in 2017, but featured in the AFLX side in February.

Defender Darragh Joyce, another Irishman who was recruited to the Saints at the same time as Connellan, is expected to sign a new deal to stay on as a rookie.

A right shoulder injury ruled the backman out of Sandringham's clash against Collingwood on Saturday.

Leaving Joyce aside, 10 Saints remain out of contract: Nathan Freeman, Billy Longer, Mav Weller, Hugh Goddard, Sam Gilbert, Lewis Pierce, Nathan Wright, Darren Minchington, Jack Lonie and rookie Doulton Langlands.

St Kilda will hold exit meetings with its players on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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