Adelaide has signed former St Kilda and Collingwood-listed midfielder Nathan Freeman to its SANFL squad for the 2022 season.

The 26-year-old was one of the VFL’s strongest midfielders and starred for Frankston last year where he averaged 37.7 disposals per game.

Freeman was a top-10 draft pick who battled injuries during his AFL career but was rewarded for his strong 2021 season by being invited to train with the Gold Coast Suns this pre-season.

Adelaide SANFL Coach Michael Godden said adding a player of Freeman’s calibre to the Club was testament to the program and a huge boost for the team.

Godden said Freeman would add depth to a young midfield brigade and help with the development of the side.

“We are thrilled to have Nathan sign with us and we think he will be a fantastic addition to our midfield,” Godden said.

“Nathan has had his fair share of setbacks with injury but he has worked so hard to get his body right and has shown a lot of resilience, and he has plenty of good football ahead of him.

“He also has a wealth of experience and knowledge that he can share with our young players so we are excited to get started with him.”

Adelaide kicks off its SANFL season with a clash against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on April 1.

First bounce is at 4.10pm and will be a curtain raiser to the AFL Showdown.