Bigger than Texas? Not Saint Nick

Nick Riewoldt during training. Picture: Chris Eastman

YOU would consider spending 4 months eating normal Texan transport in a off-season would fatten we up.

Not so for St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt, who continues to adjust to a final of complicated football, shedding 5 kilograms this summer in a bid to spend some-more time serve afield.

And, nonetheless his time adult a belligerent is approaching to be some-more as a free-ranging winger, a early indications advise he could even try into a engine room from time to time.

“(Riewoldt’s) using is impossibly clever during a minute,” St Kilda manager Alan Richardson said.

“After a severe year he had final year we gave him some time away. He had a opposite preparation.

“That’s sparkling for him either he plays brazen or in a midfield. The devise is for him to do a bit of both.

The 33-year-old won a best and fairest for a Saints in 2002 holding down centre half-back, though has frequency ventured divided from centre half-forward in a 13 years since.

In 2009, Riewoldt sloping a beam during 98kgs. Now, he is in a low 90s — reaffirming his joining to urge in and with a increasing final on a player’s using ability in a complicated game.

His time brazen of centre has yielded 648 goals, ranked third on St Kilda’s all-time list behind Bill Mohr and Tony Lockett.

And notwithstanding his inclination to deposit adult a belligerent some-more than an normal forward, Riewoldt did not attend one centre rebound in 2015.

“He’s a unequivocally considerable actor in front of a turn and critical for us. But we consider he can assistance us in both those tools of a ground.

“Philosophically, we wish to play him a bit some-more in a midfield.”

Saints skipper Nick Riewoldt during training. Picture: Chris Eastman

Saints skipper Nick Riewoldt during training. Picture: Chris EastmanSource:News Corp Australia

Barring an variable training mishap, Riewoldt will lapse to a state where he spent many of his childhood this Sunday for his initial diversion of a pre-season opposite Brisbane in Mackay.

Leigh Montagna is approaching to join Riewoldt in what will be a distant some-more gifted group than a one that was degraded by North Melbourne in Wangaratta on Feb 20.

“It’s usually early in a week so they’ve (Riewoldt and Montagna) have got to get by training though that’s what we’ve designed for,” Richardson said.

“We consider in sequence to prepared best for turn one we wanted to have a younger guys play in a initial diversion opposite a Kangaroos. So we’ll have positively a most some-more gifted group this week.”

“That was always a devise that a some-more experienced, seasoned guys that have had utterly a few pre-seasons will play a final integrate of games.”

Meanwhile, Paddy McCartin’s hamstring aria is not approaching to sideline him for Round 1, however even if entirely fit, a teen is not guaranteed a comparison berth.

“It’s a hamstring so a existence is no matter how teenager 21 days (rest) for a footy bar relates — that will be a minimum,” Richardson said.

“But it depends how he responds and how he trains. So distant it’s been unequivocally positive, he’s finished unequivocally well.

“So during this theatre he’ll be prepared for preference by turn one, though that doesn’t indispensably meant he’ll play, we’ll have to wait and see what arrange of lead adult his had. But it’s going well.”

St Kilda meets Brisbane this weekend in David Armitage’s hometown of Mackay. The midfielder will transport with a group due to promotional arrangements though Richardson was neutral when asked either he would play.

Tom Morris is on Twitter: @tommorris32

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