Their bottom 5 picked every week were terrible. The most skewed side in terms of salary cap in history. It's taken them years to recover.The St. Kilda side of late 00's had Riewoldt, Hayes, Dal Santo, Goddard, Montagna, Milne and Fisher and won none.
Yes, let's hope we reach the summit again, but let us not lose sight of the fact that they hard to win (and in fact often have more to do with the quality of players 16-22 than the top bracket).
This is the kid they had to tell to ease up on his private training regime. So he'd have started pretty fit were it not for his achilles injury pre-season.Limited preseason and instead of looking like he needs a rest he's improving weekly. Projects as a very consistent player, his skill execution is technically very good by foot. Consistent season so far for a first year player. Hasn't had a break out game yet either. Very excited about his prospects if he can stay injury free.
In fairness I don't think Stewart was expecting to get drafted when he when he was climbing the break at South Barwon as he was most of that time. Didn't play VFL until 2016.When Tommy Stewart had a go at the kid If I was Bailey I would have said mate at least I got drafted straight out of school at least I didn't have to wait 6 years to get drafted
He's looked tentative so far, which is to be expected from a first year player with under 10 games to their name. I think he's yet to show us how explosive he is and how good he can be in the contest. I also think he'll start choosing more attacking options by foot as he starts feeling more comfortable at the level.He is not as quick as Cooney and certainly not off the mark.
Nor does he have the class of Griffen.
However, unlike either of those Bailey Smith is much more of a natural contested inside ball beast with more grit and far more commited.
But please - no one should be comparing a first year player to Brad Johnson.
It’s unfair to set expectations so high. Brad is a demigod.