Coronavirus Australia | Fans will keep us afloat, says St Kilda Saints past players president

“We’ve got 40,000 members and who knows how many other supporters around the country. You wouldn’t expect that they are going to let something like this kill their footy club. Because football is their life,” Morris said on Wednesday.

“The people don’t let their club disappear. I think you’ll find that at all the traditional clubs. I can’t see a club just folding and saying, ‘no, St Kilda is no longer.’


“You will never find a club going, ‘OK, sorry, we’ve got to pack up our bags, see ya later, St Kilda Football Club will not exist again.’”

Morris noted that St Kilda had endured all manner of hardships across the club’s 147-year history, but that the Saints always managed to survive.

“People will find a way. It’s not about passing a bucket around like the old days, tin rattling or anything like that. And you’ve got to also remember, there’s a television deal for 18 clubs.”

Morris echoed the sentiments of Saints chief executive Matt Finnis, who reassured fans that the club would endure.

“People talk about our debt, but they don’t talk as much about the priority of a decision that we made to raise $30 million and build a foundation, an asset, at Moorabbin which will keep this footy club in a great place for many years to come,” Finnis told SEN.

“It allows us to connect with our people, to allow us to attract incredible talent to our football club over the last couple of years and we’ll make sure we back ourselves in to be a stronger club down the track.”


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