22/04/2024

Jack Steele will lead the Saints in Season 2022. (Photo: St Kilda/Twitter)

New Saints skipper Jack Steele will lead by example in his reign as he looks to push the Saints up the ladder.

Former Saints skipper Jarryn Geary believes that Jack Steele will be the perfect successor to his role as sole captain of St Kilda with his quiet but undeniable presence.

The Saints finished 10th in 2021, one win outside of the eight, an underwhelming after the Saints sixth-place finish in 2020, and an elimination final win.

It’s a place where Steele hopes to return to in 2022.

“It’s a great feeling to be honoured to receive it.”, Steele spoke of the captaincy.

In 2021, both Steele and Geary were appointed co-captains in a transitional year, which was thrown into turmoil when Geary suffered several serious injuries, Leaving Steele to captain on his own accord for much of the season.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you can’t be ready for a role like that,” Steele said.

“I got thrown in the deep end a bit with Gears being out for most of the year and the way things went how they went.

“I feel like I learned a lot and I feel like it’s going to be another learning process for me again next year.”

The appointment as captain comes after another incredible season from Steele, in which he finished equal fifth in the Brownlow medal and won his second best and fairest at the Saints.

Outside of Steele and Geary, the rest of the leadership group includes Tim Membrey and Dougal Howard as co-vice captains and Callum Wilkie rounding out the five-person leadership group.

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Geary, who served as Saints captain from 2017 to 2021, missed a large part of last year with various injuries allowing Steele to already get valuable experience leading the Saints solo.

“I’m still here to support him. He’s done a terrific job already and he will continue to do a good job and he’s certainly got some support from some really good leaders,” Geary said.

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Jack Steele in pre-season (PHOTO: St.Kilda Twitter)

When asked about Steele becoming more vocal with his teammates, Geary offered “He certainly has, it’s also something I don’t think he necessarily needs to do a heap of,”

“When I took over from Nick (Riewoldt), I became my own leader and didn’t want to be Nick Riewoldt, Jack’s the same. He doesn’t want to be Nick Riewoldt. He doesn’t want to be Jarryn Geary. He wants to be Jack Steele.

“I don’t necessarily think he needs to be the loudest guy here, he certainly leads by example. The thing about him when he talks is it sort of feels like Lenny Hayes.

“Lenny was a terrific leader and the thing you knew about Lenny when he wanted something, he was demanding of you and you just had to look at him… Jack’s got a bit of that in him”

Lenny Hayes was a stalwart of the Saints from 1999 to 2014, playing 297 games and earning a Norm Smith medal in 2010

While Steele didn’t play with Hayes, many comparisons have been made between the two, mainly due to their high tackle counts and ability to collect the football.

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