Former Fremantle and St Kilda defender Dylan Roberton has linked up with ex-Saints teammate Shane Savage in trading clubs at the local level, signing with Pines Football Club.

Roberton, who retired from the AFL in March last year, joined Mornington Peninsula League club Frankston YCW ahead of this season, but has departed the club in favour of a move to fellow Division 1 side Pines for 2023.

His moves to the Pythons sees the 31-year-old take on a playing/assistant coach role with the club, one similar to Savage, who played his first year with Pines in 2022.

Roberton brings with him 129 games of AFL experience, having played over a decade in the top flight with the Dockers and Saints.

He began his AFL career in 2010 with Fremantle, where he played three seasons and 37 matches before returning to Victoria with St Kilda.

Injuries and health issues hindered his time at Moorabbin, where he played 92 games across eight years in the red, white and black.

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15: Dylan Roberton of the Saints celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL Round 04 match between the Geelong Cats and the St Kilda Saints at GMHBA Stadium on April 15, 2018 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

He eventually called time on his playing days, sharing the last seven years of his career with Savage at the Saints.

The duo are now set to link up again through the Pines Football Club from next year, the club confirmed this week.

While sharing his time with Frankston YCW this year, Roberton was also appointed as a forwards coach for the Western Bulldogs' AFLW side.

Roberton's switch to Pines comes after claiming the MPNFL premiership with Frankston, while Pines amassed a sixth-place finish.