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Saints add former Pie to bolster defensive stocks


St Kilda has bolstered its defensive stocks by adding former Collingwood defender Jonathon Marsh to its list on the eve of the new season.

The Saints secured the services of Marsh via the Supplemental Selection Period rule following injuries to Jake Carlisle, Oscar Clavarino and draftee Jack Bytel.

Marsh played 15 games in three seasons for the Magpies before announcing his retirement from the game at the end of 2016 after battling mental health issues.

GM of Football Simon Lethlean says the 23-year-old will give the Saints some much needed depth down back.

“We’re really excited to add Jonathon to our playing list,” Lethlean told

“Following two seasons with East Fremantle in the WAFL, Jonathon moved back to Melbourne with his partner late last year with the express purpose of reigniting his AFL career.

“He has been training with Richmond’s VFL team throughout the pre-season and looked impressive as part of the Tigers’ senior intra-club game a few weeks ago.

“With the recent injuries to Jake Carlisle and Oscar Clavarino, Jonathon adds to our depth and importantly is someone we think is ready to play if required."

Marsh could debut for the Saints in their Round 1 match against Gold Coast on March 24.

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