Nat Fyfe of the Dockers reacts after a win over the Demons.
Nat Fyfe of the Dockers reacts after a win over the Demons. JULIAN SMITH

Saints not interested in Nat Fyfe: reports

ST Kilda has pulled out of the race to sign Fremantle star Nat Fyfe, the Herald Sun reports.

The Saints' backflip has huge consequences for the AFL player market.

A Channel Seven report on Friday night said it was a sign Fyfe now appears more likely to remain at Fremantle, despite widespread interest in the 25-year-old restricted free agent.

Previous reports have claimed any Melbourne club would have to offer up to $1.2 million per season to entice Fyfe away from Perth.

Last month, Fyfe's management categorically denied claims the Dockers' skipper had signed a $1.5 million per season contract with St Kilda.

The Saturday report claims the Saints have no interest in the star onballer and instead look set to target GWS talisman Josh Kelly.

Kelly has reportedly been the subject of a $9 million offer from North Melbourne.

Fyfe's Dockers host Collingwood at Subiaco Oval on Sunday.

It has created a high-stakes big-money battle between St Kilda and the Kangaroos in the race to land Kelly's signature and strike a trade with GWS.


Josh Kelly of the Giants (right) is seen in action during the Round 7 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Friday, May 5, 2017. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Josh Kelly of the Giants. JULIAN SMITH

Kelly, 22, does not qualify as a free agent and the Giants would have to consent to his potential departure from the club.

The midfielder's future has been the subject of huge speculation since a reported nine-year $9 million offer for his services from North Melbourne earlier in the season.

Kelly averaged 31 touches, six clearances and almost eight tackles a game across the Giants' four matches last month, as they climbed to second despite a horrific injury toll.

With the prolific Stephen Coniglio sidelined for much of the season, Kelly has thrived on extra minutes in the Giants' midfield engine room, something he had been striving for.

He revealed Callan Ward and Dylan Shiel had been mentoring him over the past month.

"I've had a move into the midfield which is something I've been building towards in the past couple of years," Kelly said.

"I've had to probably shoulder a bit of extra responsibility with a few of the injuries we've had, so it has been pleasing, but I still feel like I can build on it and keep improving."