The St Kilda Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of James Gallagher to the role of Head of List Management.

Gallagher, a former Adelaide Crows and SANFL premiership player, joins the Saints from Macquarie Bank where he most recently performed the role of Victorian Head of Professional Services Banking.

He played 38 AFL games for the Crows between 2001-2004, before going on to play 228 games for Norwood in the SANFL.

The now 38-year-old captained Norwood from 2007 to 2011 and was part of the club’s 2012 premiership side, before assuming assistant coaching roles with the Redlegs, and then De LaSalle Old Collegians Football Club in the VAFA.

General Manager of Football Simon Lethlean said Gallagher had a unique combination of skills that would be an asset to the St Kilda Football Club.

“James was the standout candidate in a quality field of applicants,” Lethlean said.

“He has enjoyed a long and distinguished professional football and coaching career and understands the demands on players and the attributes required to play at the top level.

“Importantly, he also possesses a range of skills and disciplines that we were looking for which he has derived from his career in banking.

“Through his various roles with Macquarie and Westpac, he has built a strong level of experience in analysing and interpreting data, strategic planning, negotiating outcomes, and building trusting relationships.

“He is a high-quality person who will help improve and innovate our processes, integrate with all areas of the football program and work hard with our recruiting team and our current list towards achieving the ultimate success that the Club is striving for.

“James will join the Saints on a full-time basis within the next four weeks and work with myself and Tony Elshaug as he transitions out of the role to improve our list through the trade, free agency and draft periods.”

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