AFL list updates: Free agent Jack Billings, WA veteran Paddy Ryder re-sign with St Kilda

Samantha RogersThe West Australian
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Jack Billings has turned his back on free agency to sign a four-year deal with St Kilda, while WA ruckman Paddy Ryder has also committed to a new deal with the club.

Billings, a former pick three, was drafted by the Saints in 2013 and had played 144 games in black, red and white.

The 26-year-old will remain at the club until 2025 under his new deal after deciding against free agency (restricted).

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“We’re really lucky to have Jack commit long-term to the club,” Saints list manager James Gallagher said.

“He’s the ultimate professional, always adhering himself and others to really high-standards which is exactly what we need from a young leader like him.

“Jack has the capabilities and dedication to elevate his game to another level and can play a variety of roles for the team.”

Ryder, drafted out of East Fremantle in 2005, has played 257 games at Essendon, Port Adelaide and St Kilda.

He joined the Saints in the 2019 trade period and became a beloved figure at the club over the next two seasons.

The 33-year-old took personal leave at the start of the 2021 season before returning to the side in round seven.

He committed to the club on a one-year deal.

It comes as St Kilda advised Oscar Clavarino and Sam Alabakis that they will not be offered contracts for the 2022 season.

They join Dylan Roberton, Shaun McKernan, James Frawley and Jake Carlisle, who retired this season.

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