New Saint: Darren Jolly will be a part-time ruck coach. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
St Kilda has put a tumultuous off-season to one side by finalising its coaching structure for 2014.
Weeks after the Saints sacked Scott Watters and replaced him with Alan Richardson, the club has added two more experienced AFL players to its coaching panel.
Former Collingwood, Sydney and Melbourne ruckman Darren Jolly, a reluctant AFL retiree, will be a part-time ruck coach and former Western Bulldog Lindsay Gilbee becomes development coach.
Current development coach Simon McPhee has been appointed manager of St Kilda's player academy, combining his other role as coach of the club's VFL feeder team Sandringham.
Former Blue and Kangaroo David Teague joins the club as defensive coach.
St Kilda's head of football Chris Pelchen said: ''Lindsay and Darren bring a wealth of football experience to their new roles and both will be wonderful assets to our club.''
■ Sydney players have taken a short break after a brief but intense start to the pre-season.
Following their final session for the year, in Friday's stifling heat, most players headed for the airport, with destinations including New York and Bali, as well as cities around Australia where they have joined their families for Christmas.
The team's one-to-four year players began training in November and older players returned in early December. Every player, despite being away from the club until January 6, has been given a customised fitness program.
''We still have to keep our ball work up because when we get back we're straight into it because the games aren't far away, so the ball work will continue with a lot of running,'' co-captain Jarrad McVeigh told the club's website.
While pre-season training has been hard, a new concept has been the use of a specially built altitude room, in which head conditioning coach Rob Spurrs has been putting the players through bike and rowing-machine drills.
Another pre-season drill has been sprint training with former Olympic runner Matt Shirvington.
The team will repeat last year's four-day training camp at Coffs Harbour in late January, before NAB Cup matches against GWS in Canberra on February 20 and West Coast at Blacktown on February 27, as well as a practice match against the Lions near Brisbane on March 8.
The Swans have four players on modified programs - Adam Goodes, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Rhyce Shaw and Alex Johnson - after knee injuries.
With DAVID SYGALL