MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 11: Darragh Joyce runs as he competes in the 3km Time Trial during the 2015 AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Saints sign Irish pair

St Kilda has signed two new Irish rookies as it continues a strategy of building its list with international talent.

The Saints have signed hurling star Darragh Joyce and International Rules player Ray Connellan, both on two-year deals.

The pair trained with St Kilda for three weeks mid-season and hope to relocate to Melbourne before the end of the season.

“Our strategy from mid-2013 has been to increase our talent base through different means,” Saints recruiting boss Tony Elshaug told The Age.

“We hope these boys could play a significant part in that.”