Contracted Ray could stay put

Written By Unknown on Senin, 15 Oktober 2012 | 14.43

Melbourne is hoping to lure St Kilda midfielder Farren Ray to the club during this week's trade period. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: Herald Sun

FARREN Ray could continue at St Kilda next season despite languishing in the VFL this year and fielding interest from aggressive trade player Melbourne.

The dashing wingman floated in and out of new coach Scott Watters' side this year, finishing with just 11 games, but remains contracted at Seaford in 2013.

Ray's manager Marty Pask today said as it stood "at the moment", Ray was expected to stay a Saint.

The former No. 4 draft pick was traded to St Kilda at the end of the 2008 season after falling out of the best 22 at the Western Bulldogs.

A quiet qualifying final sealed Ray's fate under then-Dogs coach Rodney Eade, but he rebounded strongly under Ross Lyon, adding a harder edge to his game.

Ray, 26, played 50 of a possible 51 games in 2009-10, including all three Grand Finals.

"Nothing has changed, he's contracted at St Kilda Football Club. That's how it remains at this point in time," Pask told the AFL's Trade Radio.

"I do at the moment (think he'll stay put), most definitely. He's got that one year to go for next season."

Dees coach Mark Neeld is believed to be hot on the ball carrier after already securing young guns Jack Viney, Dom Barry, Jesse Hogan and Geelong premiership veteran Shannon Byrnes.

They also won Chris Dawes' nomination as his preferred club after requesting a shift from Collingwood.

Pask said while Ray was often out of the Saints 22, he remained in their best 25 and with some key exits already he could expect greater opportunities next year.

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St Kilda lost the biggest free agency fish this month with star Brendon Goddard walking to Essendon as a restricted free agent.

It is also bracing to lose homesick midfielder Jamie Cripps, while the Saints remain confident of luring Gold Coast ruckman Tom Hickey, who wants to spend more time with his Melbourne-based girlfriend.

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