It is with great excitement we receive the news today that the 2020 AFL season will resume on 11 June.
Players will return to training on Monday with a revamped fixture expected to be released in the near future.
Today’s announcement is an opportunity to look forward as a club. It is a chance to begin recapturing the momentum generated over the off-season and ensure we attack the remainder of 2020 with everything we have.
The appointment of Brett Ratten, the recruitment of several highly talented individuals and the promise of our emerging stars are all reasons to be optimistic about our future.
We know we still need to be patient as the team comes together and our young players develop, but there is genuine belief that we can return to the top echelons of the ladder in the coming years.
Games without the Saints faithful at Marvel Stadium are a necessity for now, but we look forward to seeing the stands full of red, white and black as soon as crowds are permitted to return.
Never has it been clearer that our fans are the heartbeat of our football club.
I have been incredibly proud of the response of our members in recent months.
The Pledge campaign has seen thousands of members pledge their membership for the remainder of the year, while more than $100,000 has already been raised through donations.
Our membership tally has also continued to grow since the shut-down period began, proving once again the loyalty of St Kilda people.
We acknowledge that not every supporter will be in a position to do so, but we ask that if you can, please pledge your commitment to St Kilda. You can do so here.
With crowds expected to be unable to attend for a significant part of the season, there are compensation options available because of the impact on your membership entitlements.
Forgoing this entitlement will no doubt help the club emerge in a stronger position but as always, we want to ensure we find a solution that works for you and allows you to continue to support your club. If you’d like to discuss these options, please click here.
We ask for your patience and understanding while we work through these requests with a significantly reduced team of staff and phone operating hours of 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.
I thank you for your commitment and look forward to seeing you at RSEA Park and Marvel Stadium when restrictions are eased.