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Ray, Saad careers still on the line

  • Ray, Saad careers still on the line
  • Ray, Saad careers still on the line

The careers of Farren Ray and Ahmed Saad at St Kilda are still undecided, with both players still out of contract heading into the trade period.

Ray, 29 and Saad, 25, avoided being delisted by the Saints last week but have failed to join the growing list of players signing contract extensions.

Both players fell out of favour at various stages of the season, playing a combined total of 12 games during the 2015 season.

Farren Ray has played 123 games for St Kilda since being traded by the Western Bulldogs, while Saad has only appeared 33 times for the Saints after a lengthy drug ban interrupted his career.

The club's Chief Operating Officer Ameet Bains briefly spoke about Ray's future on ABC Grandstand on Saturday afternoon, vaguely mentioning the trade period as an option for the veteran midfielder's future.

Both players arguably have plenty of football left to play, but the lack of interest from opposition clubs suggests that if they fail to re-sign with St Kilda, they may be delisted.

Considering St Kilda's drafting of small forwards Jack Lonie and Jack Sinclair, Saad's opportunity to stick with the Saints may once again be on the rookie list.

The club's confirmed interest in signing the likes of Collingwood's Nathan Freeman and the speedy development of their midfield also pushes Ray backwards in the depth charts.

The fates of Saad and Ray lie in the October free agency and trade period, which begins October 9th.

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