MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 16: Leigh Montagna and Nick Riewoldt of the Saints celebrate in the rooms after winning the round 13 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the St Kilda Saints at Etihad Stadium on June 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The 2010s have been a period of decline for the Saints, however many quickly forget about the successes of the team in the early part of the decade.

Many of their best players during the 2010s have unfortunately been away from the club for a considerable amount of time and at present, the Saints’ list isn’t really up to the standard of those in the past.

That being said, it is still tough to split the likes of Brendon Goddard, Nick Dal Santo, Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna.

These rankings look specifically at the body of work of a particular player from the 2010 season onwards and our positioning of some of the greats of the St. Kilda footy club will likely cause much debate.

That being said, there were 10 players who stood out from the rest.

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10. David Armitage

Drafted with the 9th pick in the 2006 AFL Draft, Armitage has played consistently for the Saints for the entirety of the decade.

Armitage announced his retirement this season and played his final game against the Lions in Round 14 this year.

While the latter part of the decade has been less productive for Armitage due to injury and age, his midfield contributions should not be forgotten.

The Queensland born and bred Armitage played 169 games for the Saints and arguably peaked in the 2015 season, in which he averaged 28.4 disposals per game and polled 12 Brownlow votes.

Armitage’s strong physical presence also allowed him to average over five clearances and around five tackles per game between the years of 2014 and 2016, before injuries curtailed the end of his career.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 13: David Armitage of the Saints kicks during the round 17 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Carlton Blues at Etihad Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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