St Kilda president pleads for loyalty

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St Kilda president Andrew Bassat has labelled his AFL club's season as embarrassing and far worse than even the most pessimistic expectations.

In a letter to club members, Bassat has pleaded for supporters to remain loyal with the Saints, who languish in 14th spot with the second-lowest percentage in the league.

Four of St Kilda's six losses have been by nine goals or more, culminating with their alarming 111-point defeat to the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night.

"Your loyalty and patience deserves far better than what we are delivering, but I implore you to stick with us," Bassat wrote in a letter to members.

The Saints have claimed just one premiership, in 1966, but last year won their first final in nine years.

That result led to what Bassat described as optimism for another "successful year on-field and another, hopefully deeper, finals campaign".

"Disappointingly and embarrassingly, we have failed to meet those expectations so far, with the results speaking for themselves," he wrote.

"It is not just the win-loss margin that is of concern, but the manner in which some of these losses have occurred.

"At the end of 2020, we seemed much closer to that elusive second flag than we do right now, and I completely understand your disappointment as a loyal member.

"To be 14th on the ladder with the second-lowest percentage is a stark reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done."

Bassat revealed club hierarchy believed their so-called premiership window was always more likely to be next year than this season.

"Our overall performance to date has been worse than our most pessimistic expectations," he wrote.

"We can't ignore that we have been cruelled by injury ... however, all sides have injuries and unavailability of some players should mean opportunities for others.

"No number of injuries excuse a loss of the magnitude we had on Saturday.

"Losing by over 50 points for the fourth time this season in the space of 10 games is not just disappointing, but unacceptable.

"This is not where any of us want our club to be."

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