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St Kilda midfielder Jack Steven in action against Geelong in 2018. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

JACK Steven has got his wish to join Geelong with the four-time St Kilda best-and-fairest traded for pick No.58.

It’s the pick the Cats got in return from Gold Coast that will see Zac Smith return to the Suns.

“We are very pleased to have this deal finalised, one which garnered a positive result for all players involved,” Geelong list manager Stephen Wells said.

“Everyone at Geelong are looking forward to having Jack on board. Jack is a quality player and we are excited to be adding him to our playing list.”

Drafted from the Geelong Falcons with pick No.42 in the 2007 National Draft, 29-year-old Steven played 183 games for the Saints.

The Lorne product was restricted to just four games in 2019 as he battled mental health issues.

“Our priority with Jack has always been his health and wellbeing,” Saints football boss Simon Lethlean said.

 “We would obviously love a player of his calibre to finish his career with the Saints, but it is also important to do what is best for Jack at this stage of his life.

  “Ultimately, we were comfortable in facilitating a trade that was able to accommodate Jack’s wishes, but also provide the club with a level of compensation that allowed us to move forward in this trade period.

 “While it will be difficult for our supporters to see Jack playing for another club, I know they will join with me in thanking him for his contribution over the past 11 years.”

Smith departs Geelong after 50 games in four seasons.

However, after 44 of a possible 49 matches in his first two years at the Cats, he managed just three games in each of the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Smith played 60 games in five seasons with the Suns, including their first-ever AFL match in 2011.

“There has been significant change at the club in recent years and I’m excited by the prospect of returning and continuing to help the club move forward,” Smith said.

“Hopefully I can use the experiences I’ve had over the past five seasons at the Cats and pass that knowledge onto the younger players at the club.”

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