A move back to the wing has already been earmarked for Bradley Hill as Senior Coach Ross Lyon looks to recapture the triple Premiership player’s best. 

Hill has plied his trade mainly as a running defender during his past two years at St Kilda, with his running power and proficiency by foot appealing traits – coupled with the resultant exposure to more of the ball to build confidence – behind the positional shift.

The wheels have already been turning however, early discussions linking Hill back to the position which earned him Fremantle’s 2017 Best & Fairest while under Lyon.


Hill and Lyon come together again as player and coach after almost three years, spending four seasons together in purple from 2016-2019 before reuniting in red, white and black ahead of Season 2023.

“He’ll probably play less half-back I would think, get him back to his best position on the wing and just free him up a little bit to run,” Lyon told reporters this morning.

“I know even last year there was a bit of noise, but he was second in our Best & Fairest halfway through the year. It was a pretty good performance (finishing) equal-seventh.

“He’s performed for Clarkson, he’s performed for me, he’s performed here. We’re pretty hard taskmasters and he knows what’s expected.

“He’s got to do his bit. He’s had his best off-season he said to me, so at his best he’ll bring real pop to the group and real enthusiasm.”

Hill was among a number of senior players to report in ahead of schedule this morning, joining the club’s first-to-fourth-year players for day one of pre-season.

Marcus Windhager’s dedicated off-season resulted in the best time at today’s initial time-trial, while Jack Hayes and Nick Coffield joined the main group for light training duties as their respective ACL recoveries progress.

St Kilda’s full list is slated to return to RSEA Park on Monday 5 December.