Three games for the red, white and black and a string of impressive showings in the VFL in 2019 saw Irishman Darragh Joyce elevated to the senior list ahead of Season 2020.
Manning the key posts up forward and down back for injury-riddled Sandringham, Joyce was one of the side's most consistent performers, particularly in one-on-one contests and through his vocal on-field leadership – a trait inspired by Melbourne Storm legend and St Kilda Leadership Coach, Billy Slater.
An operation to repair ligament damage in his thumb and a hamstring tendon injury hindered Joyce's run in the early part of the 2020 pre-season, but following the Saints' relocation to Noosa, has begun to hit his straps for the reserves.
The former hurling star from Kilkenny has played predominantly as a forward in the defender-heavy line-up, utilising the versatility he showcased for the Zebras to pin down a main role in attack.
Joyce was selected by St Kilda as a Category B rookie at the end of 2016, becoming just the third Irishman to ever represent St Kilda in its 147-year history.
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