St Kilda is considering signing former Sydney and Western Bulldogs defender, Michael Talia.
Talia, the brother of Adelaide star, Daniel, was delisted by the Swans just last week, after playing just one game in two seasons at the club.
The 24-year-old played 30 games for the Bulldogs before being traded to Sydney at the end of 2015 after a controversial end to his career at the Kennel.
Talia was investigated for sharing Western Bulldogs’ game tactics with his brother in the lead in to the Crows-Dogs elimination final clash at the MCG. However, he was cleared of any wrong doing.
St Kilda CEO Ameet Bains confirmed reports on AFL Trade Radio on Thursday morning that the Saints had met with Talia.
“We’ve got Nathan Brown and Jake Carlisle who both played the entire season for us, but it’s a little bit thin underneath that,” Bains said.
“We’ve been investigating different ways in which we can bolster our defensive stocks and Michael’s back in Melbourne and keen to have a chat, so we did that.”
Talia made his debut for the Swans in Round 1 in 2016, however, suffered a long term foot injury in match, failing to play again that year.
Controversy also followed him to the Swans, with the former Bulldog charged with cocaine possession in August this year.
He pleaded guilty and was placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond.
Talia’s best season to date came in 2015, when he played 14 games for the Bulldogs, averaging 16.7 disposals, 5.8 marks and 2.5 rebound 50s per match.