STEPHEN Milne is being targeted to play in the Bendigo Football Netball League next season.
Strathfieldsaye president Glen Cowling has confirmed the Storm is interested in signing the recently retired St Kilda small forward.
Milne watched the Storm's 21-point grand final loss to Golden Square at the QEO last month and is currently on holiday with Strathfieldsaye co-coach Darryl Wilson.
"We're a club that are extremely interested in improving by at least 21 points on last year and he could be the sort of person that does it for us," Cowling said.
"I definitely haven't spoken to Stephen Milne regarding playing for us next year, now whether the coach has, or is, and hasn't put it back to us yet...that's probably all I can say."
Cowling said the Storm expects to retain its squad from this year but could have room left in its budget for Milne, who booted 574 goals in the AFL.
The 33-year-old ex-Saint's availability could depend on the result of rape charges stemming from an alleged incident in 2004.
Milne is set for a committal hearing next month.
Cowling said he would have no hesitation signing Milne after meeting him at Strathfieldsaye functions.
"There's no hesitation from myself, and I can't speak for the whole committee or the whole community," Cowling said.
"I've had a bit to do with him in the last two years, he's been to a fair few functions that we've had and he's a very nice bloke.
"I can't find a fault with him, anyway, in the dealings that I've had with him.
"He's been good for us. He's done some junior stuff for us during the year with Jarryn Geary.
"Who would knock back a player that's played 275 AFL games and two years ago was All-Australian?"
Milne signing with the Storm would buck a recent trend of big name players leaving the BFNL.
"I think he'd be great for the league and I think we can market him similar to what Fev's (Brendan Fevola) done (at Yarrawonga)," Cowling said.
"If Stephen Milne is available, we will definitely pursue the opportunity to recruit him.
"He's got to also be in our price range.
"If we did get Milney, and we spent the money required to get him, I think that would shut the door on our recruiting for the year."