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Savage cut by Saints

St Kilda has delisted Shane Savage. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ST KILDA defender Shane Savage has become a victim of the AFL’s reduction ins list sizes.

The Saints have made the tough call to delist the 29-year-old after 165 AFL games – 109 of those in red, white and black.

“Shane was a much-loved member of our club, and we’re very sorry to see him go,” St Kilda list boss James Gallagher said.  

“Unfortunately with the reduction in list sizes and the positional make-up of our current list, we’ve made the very difficult call not to offer Shane another contract next year.

“His dedication and professionalism has been an asset to this club, and we hope this isn’t the end of his footy career.

 “To Shane, Sarah, Jett and Willow, thank you for giving so much of yourselves to the Saints. You’ll always be part of the St Kilda family.”

Drafted by Hawthorn with pick No.75 in the 2008 National Draft from the Dandenong Stingrays, Savage played 56 games for the Hawks, including the 2012 grand final loss to Sydney.

He was part of the trade deal with St Kilda that involved Ben McEvoy going to Hawthorn at the end of 2013.

Savage played just two games in 2020, including the semi-final loss to Richmond, as the likes of Hunter Clark, Nick Coffield and Ben Paton became mainstays of the Saints defence.