Jack Billings will call RSEA Park home until 2025 after putting pen to paper on a multi-year contract, while much-loved ruckman Paddy Ryder has recommitted to the Saints for another year.
Billings, who entered Season 2021 as a restricted free agent, has been a staple of the Saints’ line-up for the better part of eight years.
The 26-year-old finished fourth in the 2019 Trevor Barker Award – this third placing inside the top-five – and has been an official member of the club’s leadership group since 2020.
The half-forward/midfielder has played 144 matches for the Saints after being taken with pick No. 3 at the 2013 National Draft.
Ryder, meanwhile, has been an instrumental figure since joining the club in the 2019 trade period, winning the respect and admiration of both teammates and fans over the past two seasons.
After returning from personal leave at start of the 2021 season, the 33-year-old underwent a mini pre-season to prepare himself for a return in Round 7, where he enjoyed a dominant performance over Hawthorn.
The All-Australian ruckman has formed a special bond with fellow ruckman, Rowan Marshall. The pair will look to reunite on the field after injury limited their partnership to just seven games in 2021.
Head of List Management James Gallagher said securing the signatures of both players would be crucial in pushing St Kilda closer towards its ultimate goal.
“We’re really thrilled to have both Jack and Paddy sign on with us,” Gallagher said.
“They’re both well-respected players who have really bought into the club and the vision we’re building.
“Jack has the capabilities and dedication to elevate his game to another level and can play a variety of roles for the team. We look forward to seeing what the upcoming seasons will bring.”
“Paddy’s continued to show his importance despite his age. His ruck work is first-class and we’ve been fortunate to have him at the club over the past two seasons.