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St Kilda football review, list management, recruits, trades, David Noble, Andrew Bassat, Nick Riewoldt

St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt believes the club’s next football review is “absolutely necessary”, encouraging those in charge to diversify their side’s list and adopt a recruitment strategy.

The Saints confirmed on Thursday that a review of their football department, led by president Andrew Bassett and including former North Melbourne coach and experienced manager David Noble, had begun last month.

Speaking on AFL 360 Plus, Riewoldt said he had “informal discussions” with some of the club’s hierarchy and was in favor of the review following a disappointing season that looked set to cost them a finals place.

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“It’s especially important around roster structure and recruiting strategy going forward,” he said.

“It’s a very crucial time for St Kilda, the next 12 to 24 months, because if you look at the previous strategy; they’ve gone down the road of bringing in older players, which has pushed them up into the midfield and that’s it.”

“If you look down there, there’s not much when you look at the young talent that will be the elite core of this club for the next five to 10 years. So what is the strategy? Because if you don’t get the organic growth that comes from the bottom, it’s no good filling it with Hanbury and Hill and Jones and these guys. Therefore, all that strategy needs to be seen and separated.

Given what might come next, Rieldt said some tough decisions may be necessary at the trade table to start the side’s renovation.

“I’ll give my opinion on forums like this, but I’ll cut and dice very hard. I think it’s important to bring more young talent into that group,” he said.

“You look at the under-24 (levels), there’s Max King, there’s (Marcus) Windager, there’s (Mitch) Owens and a few of them. A lot of them are still unknown.

That’s where organic growth has to come from, and I would trade some of your players because you didn’t get a lot of players.

Co-host and four-time Hawthorn premiership star Jordan Lewis wasn’t so sure about Noble’s review of The Voice’s vision.

“Maybe I’ve got a simplistic view of what the situation looks like, but do football clubs really have people within the football club who are evaluating themselves, evaluating their own departments?” he said.

“I don’t understand why we always want outsiders to come in and tell us what we already know? It’s staring you in the face when it’s so obvious.”

Riewelt responded: “It’s because the people there made decisions that may not have been the right decisions, so if they’re self-assessed, do they owe it to them?” Or do people protect themselves in this situation? “

“I think it’s a smart thing to do. Gather as much information as possible, understand if the decision makers are aligned in the strategy going forward and if this aligns with the overall direction of the football club. I think this is the purpose.

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