The Ararat Rats will get a boost for their season opener with former St Kilda player Leigh Montagna set to join the team for the match at Alexandra Oval.
It will be a one off match in Ararat for Montagna with a family connection to the Rats helping form the agreement.
Club president David Jennings said it was an exciting prospect for the club.
“He will come up on the Wednesday prior and take training on Wednesday night then we will do a community dinner afterwards.
"We would expect every St Kilda supporter in the area to come along and have a squiz at the dual former All-Australian player.”
The club has been working on the agreement since earlier this year with the deal finalised recently.
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