ST KILDA has continued its monster Telstra AFL Trade Period by landing Dan Butler from Richmond.
The Saints gave up pick 56 – which they obtained from Sydney as part of the Zak Jones deal – in exchange for the small forward, with the deal going through in the final minutes.
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Butler was a member of the Tigers' 2017 flag side but struggled for senior opportunities this season, lining up in just seven games after falling behind Daniel Rioli, Jason Castagna and Shai Bolton, while spearhead Tom Lynch took up another spot in attack after crossing over from Gold Coast.
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The 23-year-old has played 45 matches since he was drafted at No.67 in 2014.
Butler started playing further up the ground at VFL level this year, including starting at centre bounces on occasion.
"We are really pleased to bring Dan on board and add to the talented group recruited over the past 10 days," St Kilda list manager James Gallagher said.
"He is a player with a specific skillset who we believe will bolster our forward line.
"His ability to work up the ground and hit the forward 50 with speed is really strong, as his appetite for defensive pressure."
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Butler adds to the list overhaul at Moorabbin, with Dougal Howard and Paddy Ryder having joined the club from Port Adelaide, along with Bradley Hill and Zak Jones from Fremantle and Sydney respectively.