St Kilda Saints Training Session
SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Jack Bell takes a mark during a St Kilda Saints AFL training session at on September 23, 2020 in Sunshine Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Former Saints rookie Jack Bell has reportedly joined Melbourne’s VFL team Casey Demons for 2021.

According to the Cranbourne Leader, Bell signed a deal with the club on Monday night for the upcoming season.

The ruckman was delisted by the Saints at the end of last season having failed to play a senior game after getting drafted to the club with Pick 5 in the 2019 rookie draft.

Casey list manager Todd Patterson said the club was excited to invest in a big man like Bell.

“We’d been talking to a number of (player) managers and seeing who had rucks available and hadn’t landed anywhere,’’ Patterson told the Cranbourne Leader. 

“We were looking for someone to develop and invest in, and that’s when Jack’s name popped up.

“We thought he may have already committed somewhere but that wasn’t the case, so we were able to get in front of him and hopefully we’ll be able to provide him with plenty of opportunities in the ruck and up forward at Casey, given our list profile. We were probably a little bit skinny, a bit light on, with our rucks.’’

Bell played for Vic Metro in 2019.