Former St Kilda coach Malcolm Blight is tipping a difficult season ahead for the Saints.
Blight suggests the loss of veterans Nick Riewoldt, Leigh Montagna and Sean Dempster will be felt by Alan Richardson’s side in 2018.
“They’ve lost two champs in Riewoldt and Montagna and Sean Dempster retired earlier in the year,” he said on Sportsday SA.
“845 games have gone!”
He added: “I just can’t see how they can improve.
“I could see them actually going backwards which would be disappointing for the St Kilda supporters.”
Listen to Blight’s season preview of St Kilda below: