MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 29: Paddy McCartin of the Saints in action during a St Kilda Saints AFL training session at RSEA Park on November 29, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Former Saint Patrick McCartin is reportedly nearing a second chance in the AFL, with the Sydney Swans poised to hand the luckless forward a career lifeline.

McCartin hasn't played in the top flight since July 2018 following a string of concussions that's have kept him sidelined, with the 25-year-old subsequently delisted at the conclusion of the 2019 season.

The former No.1 pick played 35 games for St Kilda, booting 34 goals in a span that included as many as eight head knocks.

BALLARAT, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 10: Paddy McCartin of the Saints leaves the field with possible concussion during the 2019 JLT Community Series AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the St Kilda Saints at Mars Stadium on March 10, 2019 in Ballarat, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

After seeing concussions specialists in hope of getting his career back on track, McCartin was signed to Sydney's VFL side ahead of the 2021 season.

The Geelong Falcons product showed some promise in his return to football, however a five-week suspension marred his campaign.

Now, as reported by Nine News MelbourneMcCartin is poised to sign with the Swans's AFL side ahead of next season, with either this month's Rookie Draft or the 2022 Supplementary Selection Period (SSP) seen as potential avenues for the spearhead to make his comeback.

McCartin linked up with his brother Tom in moving to the New South Wales club this season, however a promotion to their AFL list could see the pair play together.

Nine's report suggests McCartin's manager and the Swans have been held talks in regards to a potential lifeline.

McCartin could be seen as a viable reinforcement for Sydney's forward line, bolstering the already-impressive ranks of Lance Franklin, Isaac Heeney, Logan McDonald and Tom Papley.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 13: Paddy McCartin of the Saints celebrates after kicking a goal during the round 21 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

With McDonald entering his second season in the AFL and Franklin constantly following precautions measures to remain fit, McCartin firms as a valuable selection should injuries be a thing of the past.

The 2021 Rookie Draft will commence on November 26, while the SSP is set to take place early next year.