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Eagles land big Tom

The West Coast Eagles brokered a trade this morning to bring St Kilda ruckman Tom Hickey to the club

The West Coast Eagles have moved quickly to fill the void left by the departure of premiership ruckman Scott Lycett, today striking a deal that sees St Kilda big man Tom Hickey head west.

Hickey, 27, is a 201cm giant who was originally drafted by Gold Coast in 2010 as a local talent priority, and was traded to the Saints in 2012.

He played 12 games for the Suns and has since played 67 matches for St Kilda.

“We’re delighted that we have been able to bring Tom to our club,” West Coast list manager Brady Rawlings said.

“He is an athletic big man who led the ruck for St Kilda in many of his 67 games.

“Obviously, with the departure of Scott, there was a vacancy on our list for a ruckman and we believe Tom’s athleticism and ruck craft will really complement our current ruck stocks. We are looking forward to welcoming Tom and his partner, Chloe, to our club.”

In the deal that sees Hickey head to Perth, the club will give St Kilda selection No.39 in this year’s draft and its fourth round selection in the 2019 player ballot.

In addition to Hickey, the Eagles will receive St Kilda’s selection No.60 in this year’s draft as well as their fourth round selection in 2019.