St Kilda Football Club will say goodbye to four long-term football department staff members, with Assistant Coaches Aaron Hamill and Adam Skrobalak, Head of High Performance Matt Hornsby and Senior Physio Andrew Wallis to pursue opportunities outside the club.
“These departures are difficult at the best of times, but are made even harder when you’re working with such high-quality individuals,” Chief Operating Officer Simon Lethlean said.
Hamill joined the club’s coaching team ten years ago after retiring from AFL in 2006. Since then, the former Saints skipper has coached every line, held the Senior Coach position at Sandringham and has had an undeniable influence on those under his tutelage.
Skrobalak climbed up the ranks at local and VFL level before arriving at the Saints at the end of the 2014 season. His positive attitude and commitment to making those around him better has been unwavering through his time with the club.
Hornsby joined the club in 2015, with his dedication and reliability forming the cornerstone of his approach to sports science and high performance.
“Matt’s hard work and dedication has been key in our high performance program for many years, and we know his professionalism will no doubt result in many exciting future opportunities,” Lethlean said.
Wallis leaves the club after 14 years and 300 games. Playing a pivotal role in the longevity of champion players including Nick Riewoldt and Lenny Hayes, his reputation spans right across the AFL and physiotherapy industry more broadly.
“Andrew is one of the best physios in the business and has laid a strong foundation for our team to continue delivering an extremely high level of support to our players moving forward,” Lethlean said.
“We thank all four for their contributions to the club and look forward to celebrating their achievements with the broader club once restrictions allow.”
Future appointments to roles within the football department will be communicated in due course.