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Former South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) representative duo Isabel Quintal and Georgia Ricardo have signed on with the Southern Saints (St Kilda FC) for the 2018 VFLW competition.

With both girls narrowly missing out on being selected in last month’s AFL Women’s Draft, the Sandringham Dragons pair have been quickly snapped up by the Saints who will enter the AFLW competition in 2020.

Quintal (St Peters) and Ricardo (St Bedes/Mentone) have grown up in the region with both diehard Saints fans.

“I barrack for St Kilda so it was a no-brainer for me,” Quintal told saints.com.au.

“The club has always been involved in my life; my Dad and I bond over St Kilda like no tomorrow.”

“I’ve also been a St Kilda supporter since I was a kid; I’ve been a member since I was about two and been going to games ever since then. My family all love St Kilda,” Ricardo added.

“Having the chance to be asked to come down to St Kilda was something that really caught me; it’s something I wasn’t expecting and something I feel privileged to experience.”

The fourth and fifth signings for the Saints respectively continue a fruitful run for the league in producing talent, having produced the 2016 AFL no.1 pick in Andy McGrath, the 2017 AFLW no.1 pick in Isabel Huntington and a host of others set to find themselves on AFL lists in the upcoming AFL Draft.

Both girls will no doubt use the disappointment of not being drafted onto AFLW lists as motivation for the VFLW season ahead.

“We both were pretty close this year and just missed out, so we will be aiming next year or the year after,” Ricardo said,

“We want to use this opportunity is a stepping stone to increase our knowledge around everything from skills to nutrition to conditioning,” Quintal added.