DEDERANG-raised St Kilda ruckman Ben McEvoy has been traded to Hawthorn.
McEvoy, 24, will play with the reigning premier next season after he was swapped for midfielder Shane Savage and the Hawks’ first round selection (pick 17) in the upcoming national draft.
St Kilda coach Scott Watters paid tribute to McEvoy for his service to the club over the past six years.
The big man was drafted by the Saints with pick 9 in the 2007 national draft.
“Ben is a person of great character and someone I hold in very high regard,” Watters said.
“On a number of levels this was an extremely tough decision for our list management committee.
“We wish him all the best for his time at Hawthorn.”