‘The chance to play in the midfield was appealing’ – New Saints recruit
New Saints recruit Dean Kent says job security and the chance to spend more time in the midfield was the big catalyst for his decision for him to move from a finals ready Melbourne, to bottom four side St Kilda.
“St Kilda showed the interest, and they offered me three years and the chance to play up the ground, and that appealed to me.”
Kent, says he spoke to Saints coach Alan Richardson about what he felt he could provide to the team, as well, as where he would prefer to line up at St Kilda.
“I sat down in Richo and told him that I was keen to play in the midfield, and provide something in the middle, I said, I told him I would play anywhere, but I really wanted to spend more time in the midfield.”
Kent: “When St Kilda came to me it was about opportunity, they came to me with a three year deal, and it was hard to knock back.”
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Kent, a Perth boy, said he thought about the idea of going home to Perth, but now believes he is a ‘Melbourne boy’ and decided that moving to the Saints was the best thing for his career.
“I weighed up going home, I am really settled in Melbourne now. Early days in my career I was looking to get back to Perth, but now I see myself as a Melbourne boy.”
The lively half forward/midfielder believes that St Kilda aren’t going to be too bad in season 2019, and wants to add to their success over the next three years and beyond.
“They have a pretty good list, and got unlucky with injuries this season. They have also brought Hanners in this year, and he is an A grade ball user, so bringing him in will add a huge amount of skill to our list. I am excited to get into it.”
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