Nick Dal Santo has bolstered his squad with the addition of former Melbourne, GWS and Geelong forward Maddie Boyd, who fills a vacant list spot at Moorabbin for the 2023 AFLW season.

Boyd joins the Saints in the wake of the club's call to move Jayde Van Dyk to its inactive list for the upcoming season, with a lifeline falling to Boyd following a year out of the AFLW system.

The 30-year-old last played in 2021 with Geelong, with the Cats cutting ties with the versatile tall after three years and 13 games. Boyd's time at Kardinia Park came after single-season stints with Melbourne and GWS in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Boyd turned to Box Hill after departing Geelong but is now in line to add to her 22 career games with the Saints, where she'll pull on the No.29 jumper.

“We're thrilled to welcome Maddie to St Kilda,” Head of AFLW Tessie McManus said in a club statement.

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“Maddie brings many traits which will greatly complement our list, in particular our forward line spearheaded by Jesse Wardlaw.

“She's a strong overhead mark and is equally strong at ground level, and her height allows her to jump into the ruck at any given moment.

“We're excited to have Maddie with us for the upcoming season and wish her all the best for the year ahead.”

The fixture for the 2023 AFLW season is yet to be confirmed, however the season is scheduled to commence come the first weekend of September.

The AFL confirmed five rule adjustments for the upcoming AFLW season earlier this week.