SOS makes shock AFL return

Silvagni, who held the role at GWS from 2011-14 then Carlton from 2015-19, was announced as James Gallagher’s replacement on Friday.It marks a return to the Saints from Silvagni, an assistant there under close mate Ross Lyon from 2007-10.He will support footy department veteran Graeme Allan, who has been named St Kilda’s new head of talent and acquisition, also working closely with national recruiting manager Chris Toce.Allan had been an advisor to the club’s football program since the end of 2018.Saints chief executive Simon Lethlean said the duo would bring significant experience to their roles.“Stephen will be focused on developing the club’s overall list strategy, while supporting Graeme and the wider recruitment team with talent identification and acquisition as the club seeks to bolster and develop its list,” Lethlean said.“St Kilda has seen significant change to its playing list over the past four years and to ensure the program has every opportunity to succeed now and into the future, we need to continue to invest in our recruitment strategy with a focus on bringing in more elite talent, whether that be through trade or draft.”Gallagher left the Saints last month after four seasons in the role.Allan and Silvagni will officially start on February 15.

AFL star reveals reason for NRL code swap

In an interview with SEN 1170 on Thursday, Selwood told host Matt White that the profile of the Storm playing list appealed to him, alongside the Storm’s reputation as one of the best organisations in Australian sport. Watch every match of every round of the 2023 Toyota AFL Premiership Season LIVE on Kayo Sports. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >“It’s an organisation I’ve looked upon and watched on in envy with the work they’ve done in the 25-year history they’ve had.“I’m going to work with their leaders that are coming through, they’ve obviously lost a handful of players to the Dolphins and now it’s time for this next group of leaders to come through.“It was pretty appealing to me with the ages of these guys and the position that they were in as a club to join them and see how we go.“It’s a very stable club and they’ve been fortunate with those people (Bellamy, Smith and Ponissi).While the Storm have lost others to the Dolphins, five-eighth Cameron Munster is staying put, and Selwood says he is looking forward to working with the Origin superstar. “I’ve watched Munny for a long time,” he said. “He’s got this killer instinct that you’d love to play with.“I’m still getting to know the boys and obviously culturally they’re a really strong club and looking forward to jumping in on that.” Selwood says simplicity is key when it comes to executing on game days. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to do the simple things really well and make them good habits too,” he said. “If you can do that, more than likely there’s going to be more mistakes made in those hectic environments.” The Storm open their season against the Eels at CommBank Stadium.