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Why St Kilda and Jack Billings may be best served parting ways


St Kilda midfielder Jack Billings becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the year and club great Nick Dal Santo believes he may be better suited at another club in 2022.

The 26-year-old has averaged just over 20 touches this year playing in a half forward role, with his best season at AFL level to date coming in 2017 when he averaged 23 disposals and booted 23 goals.

“I’m not sure the demand is off the charts but perhaps the conversation needs to be framed about St Kilda and what they may want to do,” SEN Chief Sports Reporter Sam Edmund said on Crunch Time.

“They’ve brought a lot of players in, they’re pretty tight in the cap themselves and put all their eggs in the basket for the here and now.

“So do they keep Jack Billings or do they look to ease the squeeze (on their salary cap), see what you can get on the open market and get some draft cache back in the other way.

Dal Santo said both Billings and the club could be better served parting ways at the end of 2021 as he seeks more midfield minutes.

“It could look good for both parties to be completely honest,” he said.

“Jack (Billings) is probably not playing to his full potential right now and on the back of his 2017 year, he’s a good player that’s playing nowhere near what he’s capable of.

“They have him set as a half forward winger only, Jack would love to play a bit more midfield time, but that’s not how they’re seeing him at the moment.

“It may be in his best interests to try somewhere fresh.”

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