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Jennifer Phelan  January 15, 2014 9:56 AM

Tom Hickey and Aaron Hamill contest a mark during a St Kilda Saints training session at the Linen House Centre, Melbourne on November 8, 2013. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Tom Hickey and Aaron Hamill contest a mark during a St Kilda Saints training session at the Linen House Centre, Melbourne on November 8, 2013. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Everyone is pretty excited about it and trying to build something special

ST KILDA has begun its Leading Teams sessions as part of the changes under new coach Alan Richardson.

The Saints turned to the leadership consulting group last year following the appointment of Alan Richardson as senior coach in November.

Players returned to training last Monday and started the program, which Richardson saw implemented at Carlton when he was an assistant coach under Brett Ratten.

Young ruckman Tom Hickey said the players had approached the first session enthusiastically.

"It seems really good – all the boys are getting on board," Hickey told AFL.com.au.

"Richo is really keen on it so I think everyone is pretty excited about it and trying to build something special.

"We did a couple of exercises about how we wanted to be seen by round 10, and then everyone went into their own groups and we all wrote down our goals for that point in the season.

"Now we go about turning the theory into actions."

Last year, three of the top four teams – Hawthorn, Fremantle and the Sydney Swans – used the leadership program.

Geelong also employed former Leading Teams facilitator Gerard Murphy to run its leadership program.

The Saints themselves have used the program before and the most recent foray was during Grant Thomas’ reign as coach.