The Frawley name will officially return to Moorabbin in Season 2021, with premiership Hawk James Frawley signing with the Saints.

The nephew of the late Danny ‘Spud’ Frawley called time on his 239-game career in October, but was lured out of retirement and signed as a delisted free agent earlier today. 

Head of List Management James Gallagher said Frawley’s experience would be a significant addition to the Saints. 

“It’s exciting for us to have a player of James’ experience at RSEA Park next season. He is a reliable, hard-working and big-bodied defender who has a proven ability to play on the competition’s best forwards, so his addition will undoubtedly add depth to our backline stocks,” Gallagher said. 

His experience and success as a premiership player for Hawthorn will greatly benefit our young defence.

- James Gallagher

 Frawley said the significance of donning the red, white and black next season wasn’t lost on him or his family. 

“It’s obviously a huge honour to play for the same club as Danny, and I feel he would have been immensely proud to see me in the St Kilda colours,” Frawley said. 

“While I was content with retirement, after speaking to James (Gallagher), Brett (Ratten) and Simon (Lethlean) about their plans for this group and what they’re building, I couldn’t resist being part of it.”

Frawley played 139 games for Melbourne after being selected at pick No. 12 in the 2006 National Draft, before moving to Hawthorn as a free agent at the end of 2014 for a further 100 matches.