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Gaff “should stay where he is” says former All-Australian

Former St Kilda midfielder Nick Dal Santo believes Andrew Gaff should consider staying at the Eagles as he has the perfect role for his talents.

Gaff remains out of contract and has been linked with a return to Victoria, but the three-time All-Australian is worried other teams mightn’t be able to play to his strengths.

“Andrew Gaff plays a role as a genuine winger. I think he’s the best genuine winger in the competition,” Dal Santo told SEN Breakfast.

“We look at Tom Lynch from Adelaide who’s constantly referenced to as this link-up player. West Coast do it differently, they use Gaff and Chris Masten as their link-up players.

“I love what he does specifically for them. Now if he was at another club, and there’s talk about him being worth a million dollars to come back to Victoria, he might not be able to play that role.

“I look at Gaff and I almost think he should stay where he is because he’s got the perfect role for him at the Eagles.”

St Kilda is one of the sides heavily linked to Gaff and Dal Santo isn’t sure he’d be a good fit there.

“I hear that St Kilda are keen on Andrew Gaff, but I get a bit concerned that he wouldn’t get the supply at St Kilda,” he said.

“The disposal efficiency isn’t as clean at the Saints, so would he be able to get the ball as much, I don’t know.

“The best players will find a way and he’ll be a good player, but I just don’t know if he’d have the impact right now at another club as he’d have at the Eagles.

“I look at their inside midfielders and when you get service from Nic Naitanui, they’ve got Jack Redden who’s improved out of sight, Elliot Yeo’s the swing man and you can play him anywhere you want and Luke Shuey’s an underrated midfielder.”

West Coast snapped a three-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon, narrowly edging out GWS at Optus Stadium.