Defender Sam Gilbert is quite a versatile player and because of this St Kilda is hoping to keep him at the AFL club after his contract runs out later this year. The team is banking on Gilbert to return to top form in 2015 after being hampered with injuries over the past couple of years. Gilbert was sidelined for 30 games over the past two football campaigns due to knee and foot problems and the 28-year-old is still recovering from foot surgery following the 2014 season. If he returns to top form St Kilda will be getting a lot of action this season when it comes to the BetEasy AFL Head to Head Bet.
Danny Sexton, the director of coaching with the Saints, said he’s hoping that Gilbert will be ready to play once the opening week arrives and his side takes on Greater Western Sydney. This game, along with all of the other 2015 contests can be wagered on via the BetEasy AFL Head to Head Bet. Sexton said it’s possible that the rest of the AFL has forgotten just how good of a player and influential Gilbert is.
He stated to the media, “Everyone within the club knows that and I think people in the industry know he’s a good player, but he’s just been so unfortunate with injuries over the past two or three years. We’re really looking forward to Sam coming back and helping our defence. He’s a terrific leader around the club.”
This will be Gilbert’s 10th year at St Kilda and he’ll be eligible for unrestricted free agency following the 2015 campaign. Sexton said he believes there will be several clubs interested in Gilbert since he can play all of the backline positions. Sexton remarked that St Kilda never wants to see its best players leave the club and that’s exactly the stance they’re taking with Gilbert, especially since he’s been with them for so long. Sexton added that Gilbert is a good role model for the team’s younger players and there’s a future for him at St Kilda for him beyond this season.
Gilbert is still currently away from training as are Tom Hickey, Jack Lonie and Brodie Murdoch as they’re all recovering from an assortment of injuries. In addition, utility Arryn Siposs won’t be back with the squad until late February or March following December surgery on his injured shoulder. However, once everybody’s healthy it looks like St Kilda will be a favourite on with a lot of punters on the BetEasy AFL Head to Head Bet.