St Kilda coach Brett Ratten is searching for the right magnets to move around. Image: saints.com.au

With mounting injuries and list spots available, how will St. Kilda attack the mid-season rookie draft next week?

Brett Ratten has this morning addressed the state of St Kilda’s list and how the club plans on attacking next week’s mid-season rookie draft.

After being beaten by 111 points last week at the hands of the Western Bulldogs, Ratten said post-match that there will need to be changes made, labeling the Saint’s current predicament at 4 wins, 6 losses, 14th on the ladder with a percentage of 72.6 “unacceptable”.

“We can’t just keep going with this and have a good quarter here or there. Players who aren’t performing will have to go back to the twos”. Ratten told reporters immediately following last weekend’s loss.

St Kilda has been one of the hardest-hit clubs on the injury front this season. With regular injuries to key players and despite a warning from the coach that non-performing players would feel the force of the selection axe, the lack of bodies available meant that among the 5 changes that the Saints made for this weeks game against North Melbourne, only the two of them were omissions with Jack Bytel and Jack Lonie losing their spots in the senior team. Hunter Clark, James Frawley, and Shaun McKernan were all left out of the side injured.


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Ratten told reporters on Friday that the lack of availability would provide an opportunity for some to redeem themselves through performance.

“Sometimes you want to give players the opportunity to respond” he said.

“The availability that we’ve got, we’ve got 3 players outside our emergencies [this week] available.”

“One’s a Category B ruckman, one is a first year player and one is a second year player”

St Kilda could opt to take up to 5 selections to next week’s mid-season rookie draft as season-ending injuries and pre-season retirements have provided the club with opportunities to top up their list. Ratten said that the club is deciding whether to just simply top up thier list for the here and now or invest in players for the medium to long term future.

” It’s a conversation we are still working through” Ratten said

“We don’t want to, just because we have a couple out at the moment jump into what might be just a short-term fix, but not look at a long-term player for our football club.

“It’s really important that we keep our eyes on all the kids we could get in or the players and make sure they’re part of our football club not just for this season but for many years to come”

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