St Kilda champion Nick Dal Santo has urged his former side to use the pre-season to tidy up their ball use and improve their decision making with ball in hand.
Poor skill level and wayward goalkicking underpinned the Saints’ disastrous 2018 campaign and Dal Santo has called on the club’s coaching staff to prioritise skill sessions leading into the new season.
“I think their main focus point for the next 20-odd weeks before Round 1 is skill acquisition,” Dal Santo told SEN Afternoons.
“I think they’ve got some really good coaches down there and they’ve made a few changes in the off-season, but some skill acquisition so when under the most intense pressure, these players are able to kick it to someone wearing the same coloured jumper.
“On top of that, I think there’s a responsibility of the coaches to put players in those positions to be able to execute those kicks.”
“There’s 20-odd weeks and if you’re training three main sessions plus your top-up skills specific sessions, that’s a lot of work you can get into these players.”
Alan Richardson’s men will be seeking to improve on their paltry tally of four wins and a draw in 2019.
St Kilda’s first assignment is a home match against Gold Coast at Marvel Stadium on the 24th of March.