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Ex-Saints coach reveals how close they came to landing Yeo


Former St Kilda coach Scott Watters has revealed just how close his old side came to drafting Elliot Yeo.

The West Coast midfielder has had a superb 2019 and SEN Breakfast co-host Garry Lyon even went so far as to label him the best player in the competition.

Watters says he pushed hard for the Saints to draft Yeo back in 2011, but fears over his kicking saw the club shoot his suggestion down.

“I tried desperately to get Elliot Yeo to St Kilda. We shared a manager and he was interested in coming, but the recruiters weren’t happy with his kicking and (I) couldn’t get it across the line,” Watters told Footy WA.

“He tested so highly drafting wise. His agility was off the charts drafting wise. He had some rare measurements alongside him.

“His kicking, there was some question marks over it early in his career, but gee he’s really developed now.

“(I) pushed hard, but couldn’t get it across the line.”

Yeo ended up being taken by the Lions at pick 30, while the Saints selected Seb Ross at 25.

He requested a trade from Brisbane back in 2013, joining the Eagles in exchange for pick 28.

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