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Frawley name returns to Saints

Former Hawthorn defender James Frawley. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

HAWTHORN premiership defender James Frawley has ended a brief AFL retirement and will play for St Kilda next season.

The 32-year-old announced in October that he would be pulling the pin on his 239-game career after stints with Melbourne and the Hawks.

But the Saints have convinced the one-time All-Australian to play at Moorabbin, where his late uncle Danny is one of the club’s most revered figures.

St Kilda has secured Frawley as a delisted free agent.

He played 139 games for Melbourne and 100 for the Hawks after debuting in 2007.

Frawley crossed from the Demons as a free agent at the end of the 2014 season and played in the Hawks’ grand final win against West Coast the following year.

He will shore up a St Kilda defence that includes fellow talls Dougal Howard and Jake Carlisle as the Saints look to push on from a semi-final defeat to Richmond this year – their first off-season appearance since 2011.

(C) AAP 2020