ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 10: Paddy Ryder of the Power celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 21 match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Sydney Swans at Adelaide Oval on August 10, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

According to SEN Drive’ host Andy Maher, Paddy Ryder is believed to be on the move back to Victoria, with St Kilda leading the way for his services.

Former club Essendon is also being linked with some interest in the 31-year-old ruckman.

“Paddy Ryder to the Saints, that’s what I’m hearing,” Maher told SEN’s Bob and Andy.

The Saints are said to be in the market for a more experienced ruckman to help out and provide assistance for emerging young star Rowan Marshall, with North Melbourne’s Todd Goldstein and Essendon’s Sam Draper also being previously linked with the Saints.

“He (Rowan Marshall) needs some help, he can’t keep going on his own the young fella.

“He needs a veteran hand to assist. That’s what I’m being told.”

It has been an inconsistent season thus far for Ryder, with the big man being dropped in Round 14 after a string of poor performances, but was recalled after five games in the SANFL.

Ryder, who will become a free agent at season’s completion, has been offered a one-year deal from Port Adelaide to remain with the team, but Ryder is holding out for a longer contract.