St Kilda are poised to appoint Macquarie Bank senior manager and former Adelaide Crows player James Gallagher as their new list manager.
The Saints have gone outside the typical recruiting and player manager circle in hiring Gallagher to head up list management.
Gallagher played 38 games for the Crows after being drafted in 2000. He had a long career with SANFL club Norwood, where he won a flag during more than 200 games. He was captain of the club nad won two best and fairest awards.
He is now the Head of Professionals Bank Victoria at Macquarie Business Bank. He has been at Macquarie Bank for eight years after four years at Westpac as commercial banking manager.
St Kilda football manager Simon Lethlean is understood to have had the view that they have a recruiting department under new national head of recruiting Chris Liberatore and the list manager's role was more than player identification and needed broader commercial skill.
Chief executive Matt Finnis told the AFL website recently the role would be filled imminently.
"This role comes in to head up recruiting and list management, and really focused on the strategy, the modelling, the contracting, TPP management, all of those elements," Finnis said adding the club would bolster its analytics section of the recruiting department.
The club has favoured someone with a commercial background for salary cap management, negotiating and forecasting.
Gallagher is also the senior assistant coach of De La Salle in the A grade amateurs.
He is expected to be confirmed in the position by the Saints in coming days. Coincidentally his cousin, also named James Gallagher, works at the AFL Players Association.
In this year's disappointing season the review of the club identified the state of St Kilda's list as more responsible than the coaching department.
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