Jarryd Roughead has resigned from his recruiting role at St Kilda after four years at the AFL club.
The four-time premiership Hawk, who joined Saints immediately after his retirement in 2019, has had various roles during his time at the club, including mentoring and assistant coaching.
The 36-year-old made the call to leave just before the Christmas break and is the second key off-field departure at the club after recruiting manager Chris Toce left last month.
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In a football department shake-up, the Saints have landed Simon Dalrymple in their recruiting team.
Dalrymple has been at Sydney for the past six seasons after previously being with the Western Bulldogs.
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He played a major role in the Dogs’ breakthrough 2016 premiership, including drafting superstar Marcus Bontempelli.
More recently, he has helped the Swans rejuvenate their list to have them primed for a flag tilt in 2024.
“Simon has played a pivotal role in our list build since joining the club back in 2018,” Swans GM of football Leon Cameron said.
Dalrymple has left the Swans for the Saints. Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images
“He has a great ability to identify talent, and we believe our playing list is in good shape thanks largely to Simon.
“On behalf of everyone at the Swans, we would like to wish Simon all the best in his new role.”
Meanwhile, St Kilda star Zak Jones is determined to recapture his best form after an injury-riddled 2023.
Jones managed just four senior appearances as he battled Achilles, quad and knee injuries.
The 28-year-old spent part of the pre-season in Queensland as he focused on rehab.
“It was definitely frustrating, but it was good to see the team have some success … obviously didn’t get to really play a part in that,” Jones told 7NEWS.
“We’ve had really good discussions at the end of the year to have a really good build to the season rather than spike and get that fitness really quickly.”
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Jones conceded he considered his future at some stages throughout the year.
“There was a point there where I was thinking about it all and wasn’t sure where it left me, but I feel like this year showed I wanted to play footy and I realised that drive is back,” he said.
“I feel like I’ve got a lot more in the tank … and my best footy is still ahead of me.”