MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: Ross Lyon, Senior Coach of the Saints and Leo Connolly chat during the St Kilda Saints training session at RSEA Park on April 20, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Delisted St Kilda midfielder Leo Connolly has made the moe to the local level after leaving the Saints, signing with VAFA club De La Salle.

Connolly was cut from the Saints after four years at Moorabbin, with the 22-year-old playing seven games at AFL level - all of which came in the 2021 season.

The Moe and Lowanna College product made his debut against Richmond as a medical sub two years ago before playing a further six straight games to record four wins and an average of 11.86 disposals.

Connolly struggled to break back into the senior side over the past two seasons, tallying 33 games for St Kilda's VFL affiliate Sandringham since the start of last year.

After not being offered a new contract beyond 2023, Connolly has made the move to De La Salle for next season.

The VAFA Premier B level club confirmed the young ex-Saint's signing on Tuesday in what will be a significant boost for the local side.

"The club is excited to announce Leo's signing for the 2024 season," a club post read.

"Leo is a dynamic player who can play both ends of the ground due to his exceptional speed and foot skills.

"Drafted in the 2019 AFL National Draft, Leo spent four seasons on St. Kilda's AFL list, playing seven games and kicking one goal.

"Drafted from Moe and Gippsland Power, Leo also finished runner-up in the Sandringham 2022 Best & Fairest.

"Please join us in welcoming Leo to our great football club."

De La Salle recorded 12 wins from 18 games to finish third on the ladder in the VAFA's second division before bowing out in the opening week of the finals.