The Burke name will return to RSEA Park ahead of the 2021 AFLW Season, with St Kilda officially signing Alice Burke under the Father-Daughter rule.
The daughter of St Kilda legend Nathan Burke today committed to the Saints where her father etched his name into the record books.
Burke, who will wear the famous No. 3 guernsey, boasts toughness and skill on both sides of the body, backed up with consecutive best-and-fairest's for Sandringham Dragons.
Burke made the switch from soccer just three years ago after a glittering junior career which included state, representative and national honours.
Head of Women’s Football Jamie Cox said the club was thrilled to have signed the talented youngster and begin a new era for the Burke bloodline at St Kilda.
“It is great that the Burke name, which is held in such esteem at St Kilda, will return for a second generation,” Cox said.
“I’m sure for Saints fans seeing a Burke run around in No. 3 at RSEA Park in Moorabbin will be very special.
“But what is most important is that Alice is a quality young player in her own right, who we think can grow into a champion at the Saints and forge her own path.
“We rated her really highly ahead of this year’s AFLW draft and to be able to introduce a player of her talent into our midfield is really pleasing.”
“Alice has been part of our father-daughter academy in the past few years and we’ve obviously been in discussions with her for some time but to have it now confirmed is exciting.”
Nathan Burke played 323 games for the Saints, won three Trevor Barker Awards, 11 Victorian representative honours, four All-Australians, and most recently, was inducted as the ninth Legend of St Kilda.
The 2020 Women’s Draft will be held on Tuesday 6 October at 7:00pm AEST.