It is now official, things are well and truly brewing up at Moorabbin. After eight rounds of this crazy 2020 AFL Season, St. Kilda remarkably sit third on the ladder with five wins, three losses and have come as the surprise package thus far… and with this form comes significant similarities to another side’s triumph from just a few years ago.
Think back to Richmond’s 2017 premiership… no real previous success, certainly not considered a genuine threat. A rejuvenated coach and a number of key players signed from other clubs who were specifically targeted to fill roles the club was difficient in, ie. Toby Nankervis (limited ruck stocks), Dion Prestia (run through the middle) and Josh Caddy (key forward to free up Jack Reiwoldt).
Similar scenario for the Saints over this pre season. The recruits in Patrick Ryder as a starting rickman, Dan Butler for his goal-sense and creativity as well as freeing up Jade Gresham, Bradley Hill and Zak Jones for their play making abilities and run and dash off half back and Dougal Howard who has become one of the more consistent defenders in the competition in his new colours, who also has experience in the forward line if required.
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