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AFL news 2021, St Kilda’s 2021 recruits, David King First Crack, Brad Hill, Brad Crouch, Dan Butler remaining games, fixture

North Melbourne great David King has targeted St Kilda’s “big money” rookies as an explanation for their shortcomings this season.

The Saints have entered 2021 with growing expectations after completing their recruitment drive in recent seasons by adding Brad Crouch, Jack Higgins, Shaun McKernan and James Frawley.

But after Saturday’s 13-point loss to Port Adelaide in a game well worth taking, Brett Ratten’s side are 11th on the ladder at 86.6 – fourth-worst in the competition – with five rounds. remaining at home and away. Season.

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Speaking on Fox Footy’s First crack Crack, King put out a line through St Kilda’s campaign, saying he didn’t believe Crouch would step up when asked before highlighting two pricey turns from Brad Hill in moments of fierce opposition Powerful.

“They missed their chance now, 2021 is over,” said Kangaroo two positions.

“It’s thanks to the support of the rookies, their big-earning boys. Brad Crouch does not seize the moment, does not seize the opportunity.

“Brad Hill – Brett Ratten told us we had to get the ball to Brad Hill because he was our laser. (He) kicked the opposition directly.

“OK, make a mistake, it’s okay, reload, continue. Gotta get it to Hill, gotta give it to Brad because he’s our scorer. We see him again… turnover.

“If you’re going to recruit these people and pay a large sum, they should be the reason you win, not the reason you lose.”

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King also pointed to Dan Butler’s decision, highlighting an image of him making a false kick in the 50th despite leaving his teammate free.

“Dan Butler had a very good year last year, great last year. (I) don’t know what happened to his decision-making, I don’t really know,” he said.

“There he had a threev one charge for 50 or so, that’s a three-man weave you do in less than 15 years for a chance to go for a walk.

“Their rich boys are the reason they missed the (top) eight and I think that’s the indictment against those guys.”

Saints legend Leigh Montagna says he thinks their inability to cope with the pressure in focus and in front of goal has paid a heavy price.

“They are a team that has always struggled to cope with the pressure. They still have some mental issues like a team fight,” said the dual Australian.

“When the pressure is off, they can play great. We saw in the West Coast game earlier in the year, they came out after the first half, they won a couple of games that nobody expected.

“It also applies to them in front of goal. The pressure is on them – 0.6 or 0.7 ahead of the goal – they have to do some more work mentally and they’ll be much better for it next year. “

The Saints face the West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium this Saturday night at 7:40 p.m. EST.

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