Saints great Lenny Hayes has been inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame (Image: ABC)

St Kilda coach Brett Ratten has confirmed the club would be interested in bringing Saints legend Lenny Hayes back to the club following his departure from the Giants in 2020

Hayes played 297 games for the club from 1999 to 2014, winning the Saints best and fairest on three occasions, among numerous other accolades, including captaining the club in 2004 and 2007.

Following his retirement, the beloved Saint headed north and joined the Giants, where he worked as an assistant coach from 2015-2020. The 42-year-old has since been linked with a role on Ratten's staff.

Current St Kilda assistant coach Ben McGlynn confirmed that he would be departing the club at season's end, leaving an opening down at Moorabbin.

Speaking to 3AW, Ratten confirmed that the club is in contact with Hayes and is keen to see him return to the red, black and white.

"We've approached Lenny since he left GWS and tried to pursue him to St Kilda," Ratten said.

"We're still doing that and we'll work through that but there's nothing there at the moment but we've always kept a link of contact to Lenny around his coaching and if he wanted to come back.

“We’ll just keep pursuing that.”

Ratten himself has recently inked a new contract, committing to the club until at least the end of 2024.