Jack Higgins has traded in his sash for stripes after a deal was confirmed between St Kilda and Richmond Football Clubs earlier today.

The contracted Tiger joins the Saints along with pick No. 21 and Richmond's 2021 fourth-round selection.

In exchange, Richmond will receive pick No. 17 and the Saints' 2021 second-round selection.

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A first-round draft pick in the 2017 AFL Draft, the 21-year-old will reunite with former teammate Dan Butler in Season 2021 at RSEA Park, adding to the Saints’ small forward and midfield stocks.

Head of List Management James Gallagher said Higgins would provide a great deal of spark to St Kilda’s offensive end and gel nicely with the growing group.

“It’s terrific for us to acquire Jack’s services and add another dynamic mid/forward to our list,” Gallagher said.

“He’s a player with incredible enthusiasm and we’re really excited to see what he can bring in his new colours along with Brad Crouch and Shaun McKernan.

Jack has overcome significant challenges at such a young age and it’s a testament to his character for coming out the other side with that same passion.

- James Gallagher

“As Jack was under contract at Richmond before requesting a trade, it was incumbent on us to facilitate a trade that suited both parties.”

Higgins, who spent an extended time on the sidelines after undergoing brain surgery in 2019, was excited to start the next stage of his career with St Kilda.

“It’s amazing to join the Saints next year and I really can’t wait to get started,” Higgins said.

“I grew up barracking for the Saints, so it really is a dream come true to represent the club.

“I’m really keen to meet my new teammates and be part of the Saints moving forward, because they’re definitely heading somewhere pretty special.”

Higgins played 43 matches for Richmond after being selected with pick No. 17 at the 2017 National Draft.