Modern marvels &
Few players have rivalled the universal love of Lenny Hayes, but current-day skipper Jack Steele isn't far off. Fearless and fierce on-field, the dual Best & Fairest and All-Australian enjoyed a sensational 2020 - running equal-third in that year's Brownlow - before being inducted as the Saints' captain the following season.
The heir apparent to the famed No. 12 guernsey, there's a lot of pressure on the young Max King's shoulders. He's assumed the forward throne despite that; his aerial prowess, penchant for big bags and freak athleticism earmarking the boyhood Saints fan as one of the club's future stars at just 22 years of age.
The fan-favourite ruckman with a grin almost as wide as he is tall, Rowan Marshall's ceiling is yet to be reached. The rookie pick-up stunned all with a breakout 2019 and runner-up placing at the Trevor Barker Award, growing his game further with the arrival of Paddy Ryder.
When the Saints are in need of a lift, Tim Membrey is the man to step up to the occasion. Unafraid to shoulder responsibility when the chips are down, the three-time leading goalkicker has warranted admiration from the faithful for his never-say-die approach. You may not see it under all the ink, but his heart is always worn on his sleeve.
There's far more to Callum Wilkie than his staggering journey from Adelaide accountant to vice-captain of St Kilda in just five years. One of the most consistent players to ever pull on the jumper, the reliable defender is yet to miss a senior game since his debut in Round 1, 2019.
Career transformations rarely come as dynamically – and influentially – than that of Jack Sinclair. A mainstay of St Kilda's line-up during the mid-2010s, the mulleted marvel reinvented himself into a fluent and vital half-back in 2021, winning his maiden Trevor Barker Award the following year.
Brian Taylor's commentary of "Danger, danger, danger!" is burned into Saints fans' minds off the back of Butler's blistering first season at the club, which saw him earn selection in the All-Australian squad and take out the club's goalkicking honours. The Premiership Tiger was one of five key players to sign during the Saints' 2019 trade blitz.
Three Premierships with Hawthorn and a Best & Fairest with Fremantle already has Bradley Hill in exclusive company. Hill took time to get all cylinders firing at his new club with shorter game-time in 2020 hampering his impact late in games, but his experience in finals proved important as the Saints broke their drought.
The defensive lynchpin from Port Adelaide slotted immediately into St Kilda's defensive half, forming a solid union with fellow defender Callum Wilkie from 2020 and beyond. Although animated on-field, his thumping spoils and ability to grapple with the competition's biggest forwards have proven vital on multiple occasions.
Inside grunt was one area the Saints were looking to address during its trade bonanza, and it came in the form of Zak Jones. Quick on the burst and not afraid to roll up the sleeves on the inside, the ex-Swan proved a vital cog on-ball as the Saints gunned towards finals action in 2020.
The only downside to Paddy Ryder is that he wasn't at St Kilda for long enough. The adored ruckman joined St Kilda in the twilight stages of his career, but was masterful in the ruck and through his partnership with Rowan Marshall; his performance in the 2020 elimination final going down as one of his best outings in his 16 seasons.