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Claremont grab de-listed Saint
Tom Ledger

Claremont's quest for redemption in 2014 has been given a boost, with de-listed St Kilda midfielder Tom Ledger head- lining their list of off-season recruits.

Ledger has agreed to play for his old WAFL club after a calculated gamble to find a fresh AFL home late last year failed to pay off.

The 21-year-old had asked to be de-listed on grand final day after managing only eight games in three seasons with the Saints.

Several clubs, including West Coast and Fremantle, expressed interest in the speedy midfielder, but he was overlooked in the national, pre-season and rookie drafts.

Claremont football manager Dean Horsington said Ledger would be used through the midfield, but could also be a threat pushing forward.

"He was a really good, strong VFL player, so we reckon he's going to be a very good WAFL player and a handy addition for us," Horsington said.

"Hopefully he's a long-term player."

Ledger was taken by St Kilda with the 59th selection in the 2010 national draft.

The midfield stocks at Claremont, who failed to make the grand final last year despite claiming the minor premiership, will also be bolstered by the return of Matt Orzel.

The 28-year-old left the club two years ago in pursuit of more opportunities and finished runner-up in Peel's 2012 fairest-and-best count.

"He's improved a lot over the last few years," Horsington said.

"He's got a lot more league footy under his belt, so he's someone that we think will be a real handy addition for us."

West Perth midfielder Alex Elisseou, Perth's Bernard Sneeuwjagt and Corey Yeo - brother of West Coast recruit Elliot Yeo - round out the Tigers' recruits.

Meanwhile, de-listed Port Adelaide defender Nathan Blee has returned to his old club East Perth.

The 23-year-old played six games in two seasons at Port.

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