Rath: Steele to cast off the shackles, Battle’s ‘merit’ to play both ends

At a glance:
St Kilda’s Head of Football David Rath says Jack Steele is poised to break free as an inside midfielder in 2020.
Steele has primarily been deployed as a tagger during his time at the Saints.
Rath also credited Josh Battle’s “merit” to play up both ends of the ground.
St Kilda’s Head of Football Program David Rath believes Jack Steele is ready to let loose as a fully-fledged midfielder ahead of the season restart.

The fierce combatant was deployed predominantly as a tagger in 2019 and helped nullify some of the league’s biggest game-breakers week-on-week.

But in line with Brett Ratten’s philosophy of developing a gameplan that plays to players’ strengths, Rath believes the 24-year-old can reach new heights when set free.

READ: Rath on Ratten’s coaching philosophy

“What we’ve seen with Jack over the pre-season and towards the end of last year, is that he established himself as a quality midfielder,” Rath told SEN.

“I think Ratts’ approach we’ve seen so far in the pre-season and Round 1 was to let him off the leash a little bit.