St Kilda feel they’ve been rewarded by playing bold football which has put their season back on track.
Saints forward Jack Billings said his AFL team had been “boring” in their three-game losing streak, which ended with a 17-point win over North Melbourne last Friday night.
“We wanted to be more bold with the footy,” Billings said.
“We felt like we got a bit boring with the way we were playing so we tried to get back a bit of flair that we had early in the season.
“Hopefully we’ve got a bit of form going into the next few weeks because the competition is so tight you’ve got to be on your game every week.”
St Kilda host Gold Coast at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon, when the Suns will be desperate to give their veteran midfielder Gary Ablett a game worthy of his 300th.
Billings has been one of the Saints’ most consistent performers this season, which he puts down to an injury-free full pre-season.
He admitted his goal-kicking could improve, so far booting 13.17 this season.
“I wish I knew the answer… sometimes you probably try too hard and overthink it so it’s something I’ve got to keep working on,” Billings said.
The 21-year-old is currently in talks to extend his 54-game career at St Kilda, who on Tuesday announced they had re-signed young defender Jimmy Webster for a further two years.
Billings said he’d put on his recruitment hat to try to add to the Saints playing list himself by luring Greater Western Sydney rising star Josh Kelly to the club.
The pair played together as juniors and Billings said he’d had a word with Kelly after the AFL teams met in round seven this season.
“I had a cheeky word to him at the end of the game and just said, ‘What are you thinking?’,” Billings said.
“He’s obviously really happy at the Giants, and why wouldn’t you be, they’re big premiership contenders.
“You never know, there’s obviously a few teams chasing him… I’d love him in the Saints colours next year.”