AFL player manager Ben Niall says a lack of playing time through the midfield was the reason behind Dean Kent’s decision to depart Melbourne.
His client looks set to complete a move to St Kilda, with reports emerging Kent will sign a three-year deal.
Niall believes the 24-year-old utility will provide the Saints with some much needed explosiveness between the arcs.
“If Melbourne could have offered us a three-year deal, a secure spot and opportunities up the ground, then obviously we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” Niall told SEN’s KB and The Doc.
“We’ve been given an opportunity at St Kilda for a bit more security for his family.
“His conditioning and his professionalism have transformed and at St Kilda he’s got the opportunity to play every week and to play in the midfield.
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“I don’t know why Melbourne didn’t give him more of an opportunity there, but they’ve got such a deep midfield at Melbourne, it’s hard to get your go.
“St Kilda need some explosiveness between the arcs so they’ll give him the opportunity to get up into the midfield, on the wing then push forward.”
Kent has played 63 games at the Demons, booting 63 goals.
Listen to Ben Niall’s chat on SEN’s KB and The Doc with Kevin Bartlett and Dr Turf in the player below