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St Kilda coach Brett Rath has admitted player changes are coming after the club crashed out of the finals, despite sitting in the top four before the bye.

The Saints have lost seven of their last 10 games to one win and sit outside the top eight with one game in hand against the Swans.

St Kilda sits at 8-3 going into the half-time break with only wins against Carlton, West Coast and Hawthorn.

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Rhettn didn’t have one problem that caused the season’s slide, but admitted that change is coming for 2023.

“We can’t finish what we have and we’re going to continue to release that every year,” he told AFL360.

“Our football club’s ambition is to finish eight, but we didn’t.

“Maybe we will go in with wins like last year, but not last year, this year.” The reality is we are not playing the ultimate football game and that is the sad part.

If we do this through the draft or free agency or out of contract players, I think we have to improve our roster… that’s what we’re going to try and do. Whether they’re 26, or 24, or 18 (years old), we look at that.”

St Kilda have made no secret of their pursuit of out-of-contract Jordan de Goey this year, with Saints list manager James Gallagher confirming he has “touched base” with Pye’s management.

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The Saints have players out of contract in 2022, with Ben Long, Jack Higgins, Zach Jones, Mason Wood and Jarrod Leinert all on that list.

Veteran Paddy Ryder is out of a new contract until 2023, while Dan Hanbury will be a big call for the club whichever way he goes.

After snapping up the former Swans in a big-money deal, woes with soft-tissue injuries have limited him to just 17 appearances in four seasons.

Hanbury is a doubt to play in round 23 – and you have one more chance for a new deal.

Ratten said he was disappointed with how St Kilda’s season ended after such a good start.

“We couldn’t stop the momentum in games … or stop the bleeding,” he said.

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I think everyone is responsible for what he produced in the second half. It’s not about the players and the coaches, it’s all about us and we don’t really understand it.

“We’ve got real cats in our season and playoffs.”

Former St Leigh Montagna has called for the club to replace some of its veteran players in order to rebuild the club going forward.

“I think they’ve got to take some of the players they brought in and bring in some more young talent and start again — Brad Hill, Zach Jones and maybe Jack Billins or Jed Gresham and try to get another young talent,” he said on First Crack.

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