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Keep the faith, Lyon urges Saints

By Roger Vaughan 07/10/2010 12:03:53 AM Comments (0)

St Kilda coach Ross Lyon has declared the AFL club remain on track for an elusive premiership, five days after their grand final replay disaster.

Lyon spoke at the club's best and fairest count on Wednesday, where vice-captain Lenny Hayes capped an outstanding season by winning the Trevor Barker Medal for the second time.

The Saints coach has told the fans to keep the faith after drawing the grand final and then going down to Collingwood by 56 points in the replay.

It is the second-straight year they have finished second, following last season's loss to Geelong.

They have not won a premiership since 1966, their only flag.

"We're beaten, but unbroken, disappointed, but determined," Lyon said.

"We're a growing club, we'll hit 50,000 members, we'll get more talent through, we'll improve our system.

"Ultimately, we will prevail - when that is, I don't know, but it will occur, so stick with us."

Hayes last won St Kilda's best and fairest award in 2003 and was a clear winner, polling 528 votes.

Fellow midfielder Leigh Montagna was second on 451 and Sam Gilbert and Brendon Goddard shared third place on 435.

Hayes played 25 games for the Saints this year and was outstanding as acting captain while Nick Riewoldt was sidelined for about half the season with his hamstring injury.

The inside midfielder won the North Smith Medal as best afield in the drawn grand final.

He was a controversial omission from this year's All-Australian team.

Hayes has played 239 games for the Saints since his 1999 debut.

He was captain in 2004 and co-captain in 2007.

Riewoldt won the Robert Harvey most professional player award, while defender James Gwilt took out the most promising player award.

The club also acknowledged retiring ruckman Steven King, who will now become one of their assistant coaches.

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