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Saints set to formally interview Ratten

St Kilda will begin the process of interviewing caretaker coach Brett Ratten for its full-time coaching job next week. - St Kilda Saints,Brett Ratten
St Kilda will begin the process of interviewing caretaker coach Brett Ratten for its full-time coaching job next week.

St Kilda will begin the process of interviewing caretaker coach Brett Ratten for its vacant full-time coaching job next week. 

Ratten won't confirm whether he has a formal sit-down scheduled with the Saints' selection panel after three weeks in the top job. 

Since replacing Alan Richardson, Ratten has led St Kilda to two wins and a close loss to Adelaide. 

"We've got some things in place between myself and the club. That's scheduled for next week and we'll go through that, but there's something in place," Ratten told reporters ahead of Sunday's clash with Fremantle at Marvel Stadium. 

"My process will be a bit different to somebody else. Because you're coaching the team, you've probably got to stagger it a little bit different as well. 

"But that'll start next week and move forward." 

The Saints coaching selection committee is chaired by club president Andrew Bassat and featuring CEO Matt Finnis, GM of Football Simon Lethlean, Football Director Dean Anderson and AFL Gead of Coaching David Rath.

With clubs already well into planning for the off-season trade period, there is impetus for the Saints to resolve their coaching situation. 

"There's probably a little bit (of a need for certainty) from the club's point of view and then trying to sell the club to the player," Ratten said. 

St Kilda was among several clubs to make a big play for Dylan Shiel last off-season but the former Giant ultimately chose Essendon, joining the ranks of trade targets who the Saints had failed to acquire in recent seasons. 

Ratten believed the development of young guns Hunter Clark, Rowan Marshall and Nick Coffield would help to lure potential recruits. 

"It hasn't been a brilliant year or anything, but it's been a solid year and an encouraging year when you consider some of the players that have really developed this year," he said. 

"Some of those younger blokes are starting to blossom now, and that's really good for the future of our footy club."