Rene Caris will call RSEA Park home in 2024, with St Kilda today facilitating a trade with Greater Western Sydney for the ruck in exchange for pick No. 52.
24-year-old Caris has played 12 AFLW games across her five years in the league, spending four years with Geelong before moving to GWS ahead of season 2023.
Caris' arrival follows on from the acquisition of key defender Paige Trudgeon from Carlton yesterday, who joined the club as part of a four-way trade involving the Saints, Blues, Magpies and Kangaroos.
“We’re pleased to welcome Rene to St Kilda,” Executive General Manager of AFLW Tessie McManus said.
“Rene brings with her some great experience from her time at the Cats and Giants, which we’re confident will add to our midfield mix.
“The ruck is such a pivotal position, so to have Rene team up with Sim (Nalder) and be supported by Jesse (Wardlaw), we think really primes us for some solid delivery out of the middle.
“We look forward to welcoming Rene and her family to RSEA Park in the coming weeks.”
Caris, originally from Horsham, said she was looking forward to a return to Victoria and to set up life at Moorabbin.
“I’m grateful to the Giants for the opportunity they gave me, however feel the time is right to make this move,” Caris said.
“The Saints had a great season this year, building some fantastic momentum.
“I’m looking forward to playing my part in seeing that continue in 2024.”
St Kilda now has two list spots available ahead of the AFLW Draft on Monday 18 December, armed with picks No. 10, 50 and 70.