St Kilda head into 2022 after a rollercoaster season last year relegated them to tenth place and an awfully uneventful September.
With Brett Ratten entering his third season in charge and Jack Steele shaping up to have yet another inspirational season, many are wondering what version of St Kilda we are going to see on the field this season.
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2021 was a disappointing year for the men from Moorabbin. After an exciting 2020 campaign that saw the club finally break their finals drought under the watchful eyes of new coach Brett Ratten, 2021 managed to deliver disappointment in droves for the red, black and white.
The Saints started the season with a rocky 8-point win over the Giants before managing 75-point (Essendon) and 86-point (Richmond) losses by mid-April. Inconsistency was the best way to describe the season, with some performances looking like that of the finals team in 2020, and some looking like the St Kilda that has inhabited the bottom half of the table for much of the last decade.
Jack Steele was a shining light once again, supported admirably by Jack Sinclair in a career best season and the ever reliable Tim Membrey and Callum Wilkie at both ends of the ground but it wasn't enough to lift the Saints from tenth position and leave them with plenty of time off in September once again.