A move to Melbourne, more specifically to Moorabbin, would most definitely benefit Karl Amon and the St Kilda Football Club.
Not only would the twenty-six-year-old complement the Saints’ midfield core, but he’d also be a great role model for young Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera, as the two would be running off both respective wings.
The Saints have no doubt shared their struggles throughout this season, in dropping games where many picked them to win. Missing the finals would sting Brett Ratten and his players yet picking up Amon in this year’s free agency would help alleviate such potential pain.
At the ripe age of twenty-six, Karl Amon has only just started playing his best football. He has since followed on from his breakout season of 2021, averaging 23.5 disposals, 4.1 tackles and 5.8 marks in season 2022.
His consistency throughout the last two seasons is something I’m sure list managers at St Kilda have been keeping a close eye on.
And do you blame them, being in the position to potentially snare one of the hottest free agents should be a factor the Saints are willing to embrace?
If you were to look at St Kilda’s starting twenty-two from this season, would see the likes of Jack Billings, Mason Wood and Brad Hill being named among the wing position. These players can and have shown that they can play in this position, but if Among was to be signed by St Kilda, he would walk straight into this outside role and make it his own.
You can draw a comparison to the Melbourne Football Club in the way they recruited and incorporated Ed Langdon into their midfield group. In this instance, the Demons knew they were signing a player who had a breakout season and was willing to back him in as a means to improve their ball movement going forward.
And I’m sure James Jordon has benefited from having Langdon help nurture him in making him thrive in the wing role.
This is something that the Saints can and should make happen. Bringing in Amon would only grow Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera into becoming a better player quicker. The nineteen-year-old has some glimpses and flashes of brilliance throughout his rookie season.
With Amon, would the two lock down the respective wing positions, helping the Saints develop a strong sense of unity in their outside game. Not only would the inclusion of Among benefit Wanganeen-Milera’s career, but you’d think Max King would flourish with Among also.
Holding a disposal efficiency of 70.7 percent which is deemed an average figure from the AFL app’s statistics, this number should ultimately increase given King’s strong leading patterns.
Amon has proven to be a pivotal player for Port Adelaide, having been involved in many important passages of play during numerous close games for the Power over his career.
His experience and footy smarts at mature age are factors that St Kilda drastically needs to incorporate into their football system.
If Among were to land at another Melbourne-based rival such as Hawthorn or Carlton, it would be a huge kick in the guts for the Saints. He is more than ready for a move to Melbourne and will only get better as time goes on.
Katrina Amon, the mother of Karl, works at St Kilda as the club’s Indigenous Development Manager. Wouldn’t this be a cool reunion of sorts, having a mother and son be actively involved at an AFL club.
Regardless of whether he stays at Port Adelaide, or seeks a move to Melbourne, Karl Amon will continue to transform into becoming one of the better players in the competition, hence his large price tag.