ESSENDON has secured speedster Nick Hind from St Kilda two years after he was plucked from the Bombers' VFL team.

The 26-year-old played 21 games for the Saints in two seasons after being recruited with pick No.54 in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft.

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St Kilda traded Hind and pick No.77 (at the time of trade) to Essendon for picks 67 and 74.

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Former Tiger Dan Butler has also cemented his spot in the Saints' forward line, while Jack Lonie is likely to sign a one-year deal after failing to secure a two-year contract elsewhere. 

At Essendon, Hind shapes as a speedy forward-line replacement for departing Bomber Orazio Fantasia. 

The Bombers have also lost quick pair Adam Saad and Conor McKenna, meaning Hind could be used at half-back if needed.  

Out of contract with the Saints, he kicked six goals in 10 games in 2020 but was dropped on the eve of the finals.