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Saints head in right direction: Gehrig

By Crystal Ja 30/06/2008 02:58:20 PM Comments (0)

Injured St Kilda forward Fraser Gehrig believes the Saints' best performances are yet to come, though he's unsure whether he'll be around to enjoy them.

Gehrig, who remains on the long-term injury list after surgery on his right hand, was an eager spectator in the Saints' inspired comeback against North Melbourne on Saturday night.

The 15-point win put the Saints back in the eight on percentage, sitting pretty at the midway mark of the season.

Gehrig said the victory signalled the Saints were back on track to contest the finals, although their best was still around the corner.

"We're probably not playing our best footy yet, the last two weeks obviously we've had two wins and probably shows that we're heading in the right direction," he told reporters on the Gold Coast.

"To beat North Melbourne, who had a big win the week before against Hawthorn, shows that when we play well we're a good chance of beating anyone.

"With the break, it's a good time to recharge the batteries and get into the last half of the year."

But for Gehrig, who has ruled himself out for at least another three weeks, the struggle is to keep motivated.

"I probably won't be back for a while, if I do come back," he said.

When asked if he was itching to get back on the field, the 32-year-old replied: "Yes and no.

"It's hard carrying injuries."

He was again forced to watch from the sidelines on Monday morning as some of his teammates got a surfing lesson from world champion Stephanie Gilmore.

Midfielder David Armitage, who hails from Queensland, said it was great to be back in the sunshine state, despite being dumped in the waves at Broadbeach.

"It's a lot better than Melbourne weather, that's for sure," he said.

The players get the weekend off during the bye before returning in preparation for the Carlton game at the MCG in 11 days time.

"We've got a break now and we'll use that to freshen up to come back against Carlton and hopefully, we can just keep going week in, week out and hopefully make the finals," he said.

St Kilda returns to Melbourne on Monday.

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