Free Agency News, Deregistered Free Agent Signatures, Tom Campbell St Kilda, Marty Gleeson

After failing to trade for a North Melbourne ruckman, St Kilda is reportedly considering another.

Additionally, an Essendon defender who made the final says he can’t wait to play.

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St Kilda has an interest in signing former North Melbourne ruckman Tom Campbell as a deregistered free agent, reports AFL Mediais Riley Beveridge.

The Saints attempted to get young Kangaroos ruck Tristan Xerri moving during the swap period, and Xerri officially requested a swap, planning to sign a two-year deal.

But North Melbourne wanted a future second-round pick for the 12-player and only wanting to pay a future third, St Kilda backed off and the deal fell through. It saw Xerri stay in Arden Street and Campbell let go.

Now the Saints are interested in Campbell to support Rowan Marshall and Paddy Ryder, with retired Shaun McKernan, young Sam Alabakis written off, Paul Hunter without a contract and mid-season conscript Max Heath still in Year 12.

The 201cm ruckman joined North Melbourne in the 2019 preseason extra selection period, playing 12 games in three seasons, after 42 games from 2012 to 2017 at the Western Bulldogs.

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Little defenseman Marty Gleeson says he wants to find an AFL second home after being struck off by Essendon last week.

Gleeson was part of the Bombers’ final loss to the Western Bulldogs, with Nick Hind unavailable due to exposure to Covid, and played 97 games over eight years before learning he would not get a contract for 2022 .

“I had a fairly constant dialogue with ‘Truck’ (Ben Rutten) throughout the year and I knew where I was sitting in the pecking order and my role within the team,” said Gleeson on SEN afternoon.

“Throughout the year I’ve been in and out of the team a bit.

“We had a few discussions about what next year would look like, I knew throughout the year and towards the end of the year it was going to be a snap. It was the same message I received during my exit meetings.

“About a week ago, I got a call from Adrian (Dodoro) and Truck to come and have a chat. They told me that they weren’t going to offer me a contract for next year. Until you hear those words come out of their mouths it doesn’t feel quite real, but now I’ve had some time to digest it.

“It’s all part of the journey.

The 27-year-old wants to join a new club.

“That desire to be on an AFL roster is still there,” he said.

“I always feel like I have a lot more to give if the opportunity presents itself.

“I think towards the end of this year that fire kept burning, coming back to the team and playing football, especially playing this final, that’s what we’re here for.

“That fire is still there.”

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