MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 07: Simon Lethlean, Football Manager of the Saints speaks with media during the Telstra AFL Trade Period at Marvel Stadium on October 07, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

St Kilda head of football Simon Lethlean has expressed the club’s desire to keep forward Josh Bruce as the Saints prepare to gear up for a very active trade period.

Speaking on AFL Trade Radio, Lethlean said Brad Hill is currently at the top of the list for the Saints, saying the club would be willing to part ways with their first-round pick.

“Certainly we had a pretty active year with James Gallagher our list manager. We’re well placed with a few (players),” Lethlean said on AFL Trade Radio.

“We’re not going to mess around and nickel and dime too much.

“He (Brad Hill) is a valuable player for Freo. We’ll be working pretty hard on that. We’re conscious we might have to trade a first-round pick. Brad Hill is a first-round pick type of player.”

Leathlean confirmed a five-year deal is on the table for Hill to sign.

The Saints boss also revealed Sydney’s Zak Jones will exclusively deal with the Saints this trade period.

“He’s certainly in our view dealing with us exclusively at the moment,” Lethlean said.

“If we can get that deal done he’ll add some class and pace.”

Lethlean indciated his desire to keep Josh Bruce, who is reported to have been offered a contract by the Western Bulldogs.

The Saints footy boss said the club would only trade the forward for the right price.

“He’s a much-loved player,” Lethlean said.

“We didn’t encourage him to go and test the market, but he’s got the right to do so. We would like him still playing for us, so for him to leave it would need to be an appropriate deal for the Saints.”

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