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Saints' swoop? Giant, Sun in St Kilda's sights

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ST KILDA is again in the hunt for Adam Tomlinson, two years after nearly snaring the versatile Giant.

And AFL.com.au understands the club is also interested in out-of-contract Gold Coast forward Jack Martin.

The Saints are among the clubs believed to be hovering around Tomlinson, who has become a valuable player for Greater Western Sydney through defence and the wing.

The Giants are keen to keep Tomlinson and are believed to have put forward an offer to retain the unrestricted free agent, but discussions are considered unlikely to progress for now.

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Tomlinson, 25, met with the Saints at the end of 2017 and was close to switching clubs.  

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However, his strong end to that season – he was one of the Giants' best in their preliminary final loss to Richmond – saw him remain with the club, where he was contracted through to the end of 2019.

This time, he would come at no trade cost, and given his unrestricted FA status, the Giants would not be able to match a rival's deal to keep him.

The Oakleigh Chargers product has been linked to a move back to Victoria throughout his career since joining the Giants with pick No.9 at the 2011 NAB AFL Draft.

Martin, too, is on the Saints' radar, with contract talks for the 24-year-old likely to start in the second half of the season.

Essendon was strongly linked to Martin at the end of last season, but he remained at Gold Coast, where he is contracted until the end of this year.

The West Australian has played 86 games since he joined the Suns as the first pick in the 2012 'mini-draft'.

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The Saints sit in second position on the ladder after an excellent start to the season and appear likely to be proactive in the trade and free agency space this year.

AFL.com.au reported last week speedy Swan Zak Jones, who is also out of contract this year, has been linked with the Saints.

Last year they were unable to land Dylan Shiel or Jared Polec despite significant interest in the pair but did trade for Swans premiership midfielder Dan Hannebery.

Hannebery is yet to play a game for the club as he "rebuilds" his body, and is expected to be back in the second half of the season.

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