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Walsh signs Swans deal

TOMMY WALSH will play with the Sydney Swans next season after a last-minute deal between St Kilda and the Harbour City club was completed with just 15 minutes remaining in trade week, writes Catherine Murphy.

The deal sees Walsh join the club just as they've said goodbye to fellow Kerry man Tadhg Kennelly, who retired at the end of last season.

While Walsh will be pleased with the move to New South Wales after failing to get the opportunity to wear a senior jersey at the Saints, despite impressing all year for the reserves, a statement from the Melbourne-based club said that Walsh's departure was a "disappointing end to (an) otherwise good trade week".

"On the last day of trade week, the St Kilda Football Club has reluctantly traded Tommy Walsh to the Sydney Swans for pick 35 and 68 in the National Draft," a club statement said.

The 2009 All-Ireland medallist was consistently overlooked for selection at the club by now former coach Ross Lyon, despite being named in Sandringham's best performers on a regular basis and being listed as an emergency player on several occasions.

Meanwhile, the Swans are celebrating what is a massive coup for them. Senior coach John Longmire said Walsh was a promising prospect for the club.

"Tommy hasn't played a senior game yet but we think he's a fantastic key position prospect. He's aggressive and he's 194cm and 97kg," Longmire said.

"He competes really well and he can play at either end of the ground."

Elsewhere, Carlton have failed to secure a trade for Setanta O hAilpin after the Irishman requested a move out of the club for the second year running.