Former St Kilda star Luke Ball says that he sees plenty of similarities between the current Bombers group and that of the Saints in the early to mid 2000s.

The new Essendon player performance manager joined the Bombers administration over summer and will help drive the club’s leadership programs, says he is excited about the level of talent emerging at Tullamarine and that it reminds him of the early days of his own career at St Kilda.

“Observing the young group at Essendon at the moment, there are some similarities to the big group of young players with (Nick) Riewoldt and (Brendon) Goddard and (Nick) Dal Santo and a handful of others started together at St Kilda,” he said on SEN Breakfast.

“There’s been a bit of a changing of the guard with a lot of experience walking out the door last year in Jobe (Watson), (Brent) Stanton, (Heath) Hocking, (Ben) Howlett and one or two others.

“A lot of those players – Jobe in particular – are irreplaceable, but what it does is open the door (for others to step up).

“Dyson (Heppell) himself is a young leader as we know, but (Zach) Merrett and (Joe) Daniher and (Orazio) Fantasia and these sorts of guys to really say, ‘this is our club now, this is our time at this club so let’s shape it how we want.’”

Listen to Ball on SEN Breakfast below:

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