Caroline Wilson has stated St Kilda’s decision to leave Moorabbin for Seaford seven years ago was the worst decision the club has ever made.
The Saints are set to move back into revamped facilities on Linton Street, but Wilson hasn’t held back on the club’s initial move.
“St Kilda made a shocking blue to go to Seaford. It’ll go down as probably the worst decision in the club’s history,” Wilson said on Sportsday.
“In terms of AFL/VFL decisions, it was a shocker, a waste of money, the heartache it caused so many people and it didn’t need to happen.
“St Kilda has a terrible debt. They’re in the financial doghouse let’s face it.”
The debt, reportedly over $10 million dollars, has elevated tensions between the club and the AFL as CEO Gillon McLachlan said the club no longer has any excuses.
“Gillon was quite pointed in his comments to Jake Niall last week when he said no more excuses,” Wilson said.
“They’ve got a new deal at Etihad Stadium that is going to be worth 2.5 million dollars and they’ve helped them get back to Moorabbin.”
Wilson believes McLachlan making those comments on the eve of the season has not gone down well with the club.
“I think Matt Finnis would say he felt it just reflected the tension of the negotiations for the new Etihad deal between St Kilda and the AFL,” Wilson said.
The new deal is reportedly worth an extra $2 million dollars per year based on the same attendance figures as 2017.
“We heard that this deal was going to be a game changer last year, well this deal has only just been done. It just shows how complex and stressful it was.”
St Kilda opens its season against the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium.
Originally published on SEN.com.au