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St Kilda Has Picked Up Former Carlton Defender Sam Rowe

Earned a lifeline.

St Kilda Has Picked Up Former Carlton Defender Sam Rowe Image: AAP

Sam Rowe has become a St Kilda player, signed under the pre-season supplemental period.

The 31-year-old, who was delisted by Carlton at the end of last season, will replace Dylan Roberton on their list, who has stepped away from footy in 2019 to deal with his heart condition.

“It was important for Dylan to have the time to make a decision that was right for he and his family,” St Kilda general manager of football Simon Lethlean said.

“Once we were aware that he would be missing the season and moving onto the long-term injury list, we decided to bring Sam in.

“The reality of football is that we need to utilise the AFL rules to best prepare our list for the rigours and requirements of the competition, and Sam provides an important element heading into the season.

“He’s an experienced defender, who can also play forward if need be and pinch-hit in the ruck.

“He is also a quality person who knows what is required at the elite level.”

He played 17 games in 2018 but was cut at the end of the year as the Blues opted for youth.

The Saints yesterday signed former Collingwood defender Jonathon Marsh under the same pre-season supplemental rule, which ends today.