MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25: Ben McEvoy of the Saints celebrates the win with fans during the round 22 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium on August 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Trading in our game has been more important than ever, with players going in and out of teams, not only in the off-season, but during the season as well.

Therefore, it is pivotal for teams to get it right and identify talent and potential early in the process. This didn’t seem to be the case for the Saints over the last decade or two.

Being out-of-favour and wanting more opportunities, players left the Saints in order to continue their career.

Here are the best 8 players St Kilda have traded or delisted since 2005:

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8. Rhys Stanley

Stanley made his debut in 2010, in a team that was vying for a premiership having got so close the year before. He played a total of 7 games in his first year and none of the finals games.

He finished up with a total of 58 games with the red, black and white and departed at the end of 2014.

Stanley than went to Geelong where he struggled to make their best-22. 21 games in 2016 saw him find some continuity at the Cats but he only played 13 and 15 games in seasons 2017 and 2018 respectively.

However, in 2019, Stanley has played all seven games thus far and is proving to be an integral member in the teams success so far, being top of the ladder and playing into some good form.

 

Mitch Brown (R) of the Eagles handpasses the ball away from Rhys Stanley of the Saints contest for the ball during the round 11 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on June 9, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
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