It is understood that the Saints have reached out to Roughead’s manager, Craig Kelly, about him joining the club in a position that would include coaching, leadership and list management duties.
The 32-year old will likely to hang up the boots at the end of the season, boasting one of the most decorated resumes in football, including four premierships, two All Australians and a Coleman Medal.
The former skipper has spent several weeks in the VFL but will be recalled for Friday night’s clash with Sydney at the SCG.
He recently expressed his interest to remain in football post-retirement.
“I like that (space). I’m not a keen (senior) coach, I wouldn’t have thought,” Roughead said on the Jock and Journo podcast.
“For me the administration side of things, with my knowledge of American sports, with free agency and trading and trading of future picks, and stuff like that.
“I’ve done some footy administration and management courses though the AFL and what not.”
The Saints are one of several clubs keen on Roughead’s services, with Gold Coast also reportedly looking to lure him north.
Roughead opened up on conversations with coach Alastair Clarkson at the end of last season about a potential move to a rival club like that of Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis. But he ultimately wanted to remain a one-club player.
“The decision making was pretty simple. Clarko said what do you want to do? Do you want to go somewhere like the other boys?” Roughead said.
“For me, I had turned 32 in January, so for me to go to another club now (as a player) would be a lot harder to build the relationships.
“And then to have the impact on the young kids that I’m probably having now at the VFL level with Hawthorn, would be a lot harder (at another club).
“To say you have been at one club doesn’t happen much anymore, so I’m happy I can hang my hat on that at the end of the day.”