Restricted Free Agent Sebastian Ross

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Damon_3388

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It's pretty amazing that St Kilda did what they did this season, with former All-Australians (22 and squad) and club B&F winners like Ross, Brad Hill, Dan Hannebury, and Dylan Roberton either spudding it up or not playing, and getting next to nothing out of other listed veterans like Nathan Brown, Shane Savage, Ryan Abbott, Luke Dunstan, and Jimmy Webster too.

A lot of room for improvement and positive change going forward for the Saints.
 

aussierulesrules

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It's pretty amazing that St Kilda did what they did this season, with former All-Australians (22 and squad) and club B&F winners like Ross, Brad Hill, Dan Hannebury, and Dylan Roberton either spudding it up or not playing, and getting next to nothing out of other listed veterans like Nathan Brown, Shane Savage, Ryan Abbott, Luke Dunstan, and Jimmy Webster too.

A lot of room for improvement and positive change going forward for the Saints.
Yeah imagine if someone told you going into the season that quite possibly none of our top 6 paid for the year (Hill, Hannebery, Billings, Gresham, Ross and Roberton) would finish top 9 in our B&F. You'd think we'd have finished bottom 4 for sure!
 

Elmer_Judd

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Would be happy to pick him up as a Free Agent next year at Carlton (I assume the Saints wouldn't match if they don't re-sign him)
 

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the Ziebull

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Would be happy to pick him up as a Free Agent next year at Carlton (I assume the Saints wouldn't match if they don't re-sign him)
I think they’ll happily let him go - he’s been replaced be Crouch

He’s not that good though as he’s slow and his kicking is average
 

Atomboy

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Yeah imagine if someone told you going into the season that quite possibly none of our top 6 paid for the year (Hill, Hannebery, Billings, Gresham, Ross and Roberton) would finish top 9 in our B&F. You'd think we'd have finished bottom 4 for sure!
We cleared the decks this year but I reckon a bit more to also come next year with Dunstan, Roberton and Webster in the gun.

Been a ruthless post-Richo clean out.
 

aussierulesrules

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I think they’ll happily let him go - he’s been replaced be Crouch

He’s not that good though as he’s slow and his kicking is average
He's not super-quick off the mark, but he's got some genuine speed once he gets going.

We used to think he was slow too in his first 2-3 years, but then all of a sudden he started to show an ability to really get moving once he got some momentum up and now he can break lines with his run and get away from slower blokes.
 

ManOfClay

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He’s the sort of player a club needs to move past as a best 22 option if they are to go anywhere. Good honest clubman and toiler but that’s it.

He wouldn’t add anything to a team who has a good midfield and is looking to contend, but would be a great leader/protection for a young midfield
 

RobbieMuir

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He’s the sort of player a club needs to move past as a best 22 option if they are to go anywhere. Good honest clubman and toiler but that’s it.

He wouldn’t add anything to a team who has a good midfield and is looking to contend, but would be a great leader/protection for a young midfield
He did struggle at times this year but stepped up when it mattered and was BOG for the Saints in the semi-final (which happened to be the biggest game the club has played in for ten years). So I think he is certainly more than just a ‘toiler’.

His best season was 2017 when he finished top ten in the AFL coaches votes and got 14 votes in the Brownlow (and won the BnF). If he could get close to that sort of form next year then the club would surely re-sign him.
 

branedotorg

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Interesting to hear king and Dixon say that inside mids with no tricks (Ross, crouch x2, lyons) will lose value over the next 12 months if the AFL don't change the rules again.

Faster movement and less stoppages will have teams spending more on Shai Bolton types who are fast or mids who are dangerous in the forward line
 

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aussierulesrules

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Was very good in the first two weeks, not so good this weekend.

Is not an “inside mid with no tricks”, as he’s been playing a lot more on the wing, half back, or even forward in recent times, and is much quicker than those other types mentioned.

Has also played a lot of his very best footy in run-with type roles.

For instance he kept Neale to zero clearances (for the first time in several years) when he went with him last year, and then kept Bont in check in our final win over them.

When he was in career best form a few years ago he went head-to-head with both Dusty and Danger and got the 10 coaches votes against each of them.

Will presumably have a more prominent midfield role again now that Gresham is out for the year.
 

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