Darren Jolly takes St Kilda ruck job

Axed Collingwood premiership ruckman Darren Jolly has signed as a ruck coach with rival club St Kilda for 2014.

The part-time appointment was unveiled on Saturday morning as the Saints continue to rebuild under new coach Alan Richardson.

It looks to end what has been a rollercoaster post-season since his delisting in September among a mass clean-out at the Westpac Centre.

Jolly had been linked to the Saints as a mature-age rookie candidate before the Saints opted late to rookie delisted Gold Coast Sun Maverick Weller. He had also met with Essendon.

Jolly, who hails from Lexton, launched his AFL career with North Ballarat Roosters when he was rookied to Melbourne, as an understudy to Jeff White, at the end of 2000.

In a 12-year AFL career, Jolly played AFL 237 matches, including 71 matches for Collingwood.

He became a premiership player with both Sydney Swans (2005) at Collingwood (2010).

A niggling knee injury has limited the 31-year-old's season to nine games – his last was in round 12.

He was rebuilding strong form in the Magpies’ Victorian Football League team.

It is understood Jolly wanted another year with the Magpies but was cut to make room for heir-apparent Brody Grundy, a talented first-year ruckman.

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