Shane Warne could be getting a new role with St Kilda.
Shane Warne could be getting a new role with St Kilda.

Warnie set for surprise new role?

St Kilda president Andrew Bassat has suggested Saints superfan and Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne may have a role to play in helping the club.

Warne was praised during his playing days for having one of the smartest minds in Australian sport and speaking on Damian Barrett's In The Game podcast for afl.com.au, Bassat welcomed the idea of Warne joining the ranks at St Kilda.

"We're actually fortunate, there's a range of people that have sort of started to engage with the club, Shane being one of them, who are passionate about the club, who want to help," Bassat said.

"Shane's already been helpful to us when we ask and so getting him more involved would be great."

Bassat hinted the 145-Test great could even be representing the Saints on their board.

"Oh look, possibly. It's not something that's been discussed in detail but I think Shane's both a very smart person and a very capable person," Bassat said.

"His sporting brain is quite incredible, so if we can get him engaged in one capacity or another, we'll certainly consider that for sure."

The Saints have enjoyed a strong start to the season, sitting at 4-1 and at second on the ladder following a disappointing 15th-placed finish last year.

YOUNGSTER WOWS FOR RICHMOND

Eighteen-year-old Tigers rookie Sydney Stack had a night to remember during Wednesday's clash against Melbourne.

First, Stack took a Mark of the Week contender in the second quarter, rising high for a classic specky but it was what he did in the final term that really cemented what an asset he can be.

The fiery teen, who wasn't included in the recent AFL draft, had the 70,000-strong MCG on his side after knocking flat Jack Viney with a brutal bump.

"It's crazy," Stack said after the match. "I just give my best effort out there and put my body on the line for the team.

"I feel like I have something to prove, missing out on the draft, and showing other clubs how good I am."

Stack collected praise from West Coast star Nic Naitanui, who likened him to former AFL hard man Byron Pickett.

RIEWOLDT HIT WITH INJURY

Damien Hardwick's delight at Richmond's third AFL win on the spin has been tempered by a fresh injury to Jack Riewoldt that is set to sideline the star forward.

The Tigers improved to a 4-2 record with a 12.13 (85) to 6.6 (42) win over Melbourne in front of 72,774 fans at the MCG onWednesday night. But Riewoldt suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee and sat out the final term ofthe Anzac Day eve clash.

It was his first game back from a broken wrist and knee injury suffered in round two, and the 30-year-old will undergo scansto determine how long his next stint on the sidelines will be.

"We're not exactly sure of the extent of it but he'll miss some time unfortunately," Hardwick said.

"It's disappointing because he's worked incredibly hard to get back. "We're hoping for the best but he'll obviously miss somefooty. "... He's been through this before, he understands it, he'll deal with it and he'll be disappointed for a while.

Jack Riewoldt is on the sidelines this week.
Jack Riewoldt is on the sidelines this week.

"But he'll be trying to make those around him better - that's what a good leader does, and that's what he'll do." Riewoldtbooted two goals in the third quarter and was also involved in an awkward 'chicken-wing' tackle on Bayley Fritsch that willcome under scrutiny. With Dustin Martin struggling to shake the attention of minder Michael Hibberd, Kane Lambert (29 possessions),Bachar Houli (32), Dion Prestia (30) and Nick Vlastuin (28) were the prime movers.

Jason Castagna booted two late goals to take his tally to a game-high three. Riewoldt's injury follows news of a setback forskipper Trent Cotchin in his comeback from a hamstring injury and the season-ending knee injury to Alex Rance.

Despite their personnel issues, the Tigers improved to a 4-2 record with the determined win over the disappointing Demons.

"We're certainly pleased with the way that we're playing ... it is very much a Richmond style of game we're delivering atthe moment," Hardwick said. "Crisis does create opportunity and some players have stood up, which we're really pleased with." Key defender David Astbury suffered a badly rolled ankle and will need every bit of the Tigers' nine-day break before their round-seven clash with the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium to recover.

- with AAP


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