Staying with the Demons: Jack Watts.

Staying with the Demons: Jack Watts. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Out-of-contract Melbourne utility Jack Watts is expected to stick with the Demons in the wake of Paul Roos' appointment as senior coach.

It is understood that the 2008 No.1 pick, who has met Roos, has indicated he will remain at Melbourne rather than seek a trade to another club. A number of clubs had been eyeing off Watts, including Carlton, whose coach Mick Malthouse mentored Watts last year during the veteran coach's year off coaching.

Roos had been on record in his desire to retain Watts and free agent Colin Sylvia. Watts was waiting to see who would be the senior coach before making a decision on his future, though it has not been the only consideration.

Saints' target: Josh Bruce, seen chatting to teammate Dylan Shiel, is in St Kilda's sights.

Saints' target: Josh Bruce, seen chatting to teammate Dylan Shiel, is in St Kilda's sights. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

St Kilda has targeted two key defenders in a bid to shore up its defence, with young Giant Josh Bruce and North Melbourne's Luke Delaney both offered contracts by the Saints.

Bruce has told the Giants he wants to leave and to be traded to St Kilda. Delaney also informed North Melbourne last week that he wanted to explore options at other clubs for more opportunities and has had a three-year deal offered by the Saints, who have been open about their wish to find a key defender, having pursued West Coast's Mitch Brown in the trade period last year. Brown re-signed with the Eagles this year.

Bruce, 21, recruited by Greater Western Sydney out of Canberra, played 11 games with the Giants this year.

North's Luke Delaney lays a tackle on Richmond's Shane Edwards.

North's Luke Delaney lays a tackle on Richmond's Shane Edwards. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

St Kilda's all-Australian midfielder Nick Dal Santo remains technically out of contract but has satisfied certain trigger clauses in his last contract. Reaching those benchmarks means Dal Santo must be given a contract for next year - and a lucrative one - unless he and the club agree to waive the deal, making him a free agent.

Dal Santo and St Kilda have yet to determine whether he will stay at Seaford.

Richmond has told out-of-contract small forward Robin Nahas that it will test the trade market with him and would not stand in his way if he found another home. The Tigers are unlikely to re-sign Nahas should no other club be tempted by the lightly framed forward.

Richmond also has yet to recommit to young player Brad Helbig. He is managed by Greg Size of Deliver Sports Management, who said he was keen to stay at Punt Road. Size said several other clubs had expressed interest in him as a big-bodied midfielder.

Melbourne and Collingwood are among a number of Victorian clubs that have had Greater Western Sydney's Taylor Adams in their sights, in the expectation that he will leave the Giants and seek a trade back home.

The Cats also are a potential suitor for the midfielder, a former Geelong Falcon.

Carlton small forward Eddie Betts is yet to re-sign and could join Adelaide or North Melbourne as a restricted free agent.

Betts performed in the elimination final against the Tigers in what was one of his better games in a season interrupted by a broken jaw.