Australian football Hall of Famer Terry Wallace believes Brett Ratten had the hardest coaching job of all 18 coming into the 2020 season.
With the club’s heavy activity in the trade period, coupled with relatively new players like Max King and Dan Hannebery, Wallace feels Ratten had the most work to do in order to get his team functioning.
The Saints currently sit fourth on the AFL ladder after beating Carlton on Thursday night and are being lauded as one of the most exciting teams in the competition.
“Brett Ratten had the hardest job of any of the coaches coming into the start of this year because he had about six new players,” Wallace told SEN’s Match Committee.
“Virtually a third of the team were new. All of a sudden coronavirus comes in. They can’t train together. You haven’t got the capabilities of getting the connection between everyone working as well.
“It’s fine if you’ve got a side that’s been up there and you might have added one or two into your line-up because your connection is there with the players.
“St Kilda had to almost start from scratch and they have done it very, very well.
“Absolutely (the best is yet to come). Credit to their coaching staff for getting it as good as it is at this point. The best is yet to come once they start training together again.”
St Kilda has a chance to set up their season in the next fortnight, taking on both Fremantle and Adelaide.