ST KILDA has signed young rookies Darragh Joyce and Doulton Langlands to new one-year deals for 2019.

Defender Joyce, a 20-year-old former hurling star from Ireland, has earned a third season with the Saints after playing two AFL games this year – in rounds 15 and 16. 

Meanwhile, outside runner Langlands, a 19-year-old from Albury, made a promising start with the club in the VFL.

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In announcing their signings, St Kilda's football chief Simon Lethlean was pleased with the pair's progress.

"We've been really impressed by what we've seen from Darragh and Doulton," Lethlean said.

"Darragh managed to make his debut in round 15 against the Dees and did a really solid job against Jesse Hogan. 

"His elite athleticism and one-on-one defence is really impressive, particularly when you put into context that he's only been playing football for the past few years. 

"Doulton has also made really great strides since being drafted at the end of last year.

"He's an explosive two-way runner with the ability to burst out of stoppage.

"He's proved himself as a handy wingman and forward at VFL level and I'm sure he'll be banging down the door for senior selection next year."