St Kilda Football Club has signed former Adelaide ruckman Paul Hunter as part of the pre-season Supplemental Selection Period.

The 28-year-old began training with the club in early February having recently plied his trade at SANFL club South Adelaide alongside exciting new recruit Tom Highmore.

Hunter’s signing completes the Saints’ playing list, with the 200cm big man set to bolster the club’s ruck stocks in Season 2021.

“We were really happy to be able to get Paul over to the Saints,” Head of List Management James Gallagher said.

“We initially invited Paul to train with us, with a view to look at him in the mid-season or November draft. 

“But with the injury to Rowan this week, and Paul’s strong performances in our match practice, it became very evident that he should be on our list.

“We’re conscious of the implications for South Adelaide, but it’s important we head into the season with further ruck support and we believe that Paul is the best prepared ruckman outside of the AFL. 

“Paul’s a dedicated guy, and he’s really excited to get another shot at the highest level, so we’re very happy to be able to provide that opportunity.”