MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: Nick Riewoldt of the Saints in action during the 2017 AFL round 23 match between the Richmond Tigers and the St Kilda Saints at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 27, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Saints great Nick Riewoldt has set his pass mark for his former club St. Kilda in the lead up to the 2019 AFL season.

Following a disastrous 2018 campaign that saw the club stumble to just four wins and one draw, the six-time club champion expects the Saints to double their premiership points in 2019.

“I think coming from a four-win season, the eight-to-ten wins is probably a realistic expectation”, Riewoldt told SEN Afternoons.

“Clearly you come in with a softer draw on the back of the poor performance and if you win the games that you should win and then pinch a few on the way, eight-to-ten is probably realistic at this stage.

“I’m just looking for marked improvement across the board really.”

Ten wins would represent a drastic improvement for a Saints outfit that had won only one game at the mid-way point of 2018.

As the club continues it’s preseason preparations, draftee Jack Bytel underwent surgery last week to repair a bulging disc in his lower back, with an expected four-to-six week recovery period.

On a positive note, the club is buoyed by the expectation that star defender Dylan Roberton is set to return in the JLT Community Series, ten months after an on-field heart scare saw him shut down for the remainder of 2018 season.

St. Kilda start their preseason campaign on Saturday March 2nd against North Melbourne.