Carlisle said the growing experience of younger players and the pool of new recruits has the Saints poised to take some significant steps.
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The Saints haven’t played finals since 2011 and the former Bomber believes the club hasn’t had a better opportunity than now.
“We’ve got guys come in the off-season, but we’ve got guys who have played together for two or three years now. We’ve got the right people to help us win games,” he told AFL Media.
The 28-year-old is close to resuming full training after an injury-riddled 2019, his name was thrown around in the trade period but he says he never had any intention of leaving, “I was never going anywhere.”
Carlisle took part in match simulation on Monday and says that second-year forward Max King is the forward he least likes matching up against.
“He’s looking really good… he’s fit, he’s strong and i think his knee’s been pretty good.
“I don’t like playing on him at training… he’s going to be a pretty good player.”
Dan Hannebery left the match early to do an individual running session.