Recruits have Saints buoyant about AFLW prospects

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New-look St Kilda will have an immediate gauge of where they stand when they start their AFLW season against North Melbourne.

The Saints have not made the finals and last year finished 13th, while the Kangaroos reached a preliminary final before losing to premiers Melbourne.

St Kilda recruited last season's leading goalkicker Jesse Wardlaw, Steph Chiocci, Jaimee Lambert and Natalie Plane in a busy trade period.

It has captain Hannah Priest buoyant about what is possible in their fifth season.

"We have a huge opportunity to make a really good first impression on the competition this season," Priest said of Sunday's Hobart game.

"North Melbourne are really highly respected in the competition, they're an experienced side.

"So we have a huge opportunity this Sunday to make our stamp on the competition - and I guess show we've been aggressive in the sign and trade period for a reason.

"It might take a few weeks to click together, but we're really looking forward to the opportunity on Sunday."

Priest said their recruits had made a big difference already, on and off the field, as they try to bridge the gap to power women's sides such as Melbourne and North. 

"We've been really aggressive in the sign and trade period. That's something we needed to do as a club, we don't want to make up the numbers," Priest said.

"We want to be really competitive this season and the experience we've brought into the club, on-field and the leadership ... it's been a really special part of our off-season and they've made a really big impact on our group."