ST KILDA has orchestrated its biggest clean-out in eight years, axing seven players from its list.

The Saints announced yesterday Jayden Attard, Matthew Ferguson, Michael Rix, Shane Birss, Charlie Gardiner, Glenn Chivers and Luke Van Rheenen had all been delisted.

The retirements of Robert Harvey and Fraser Gehrig bring the number of departures to nine –– the most to leave the club since its horror wooden spoon year of 2000 when 14 were shown the door.

St Kilda football manager Greg Hutchison thanked the players for their contribution, but admitted changes had to be made.

"Some of the players who had been there and been delisted have had plenty of opportunities to play AFL footy," he said.

"We thought that this draft looks like it's going to be a fairly significant draft and we had an opportunity to make some changes to the list and we've been able to do so."

Hutchison said the clean-out had nothing to do with capitalising on the last uncompromised draft before the introduction of the Gold Coast team.

"That didn't enter our thinking at all," he said.

"We just looked at where the list was at and we felt that we needed to make some changes. It was an opportunity regardless of whether it was an uncompromised draft or not. We thought it was the right time to turn over some players on the list."

Midfielder Attard could consider himself the most unlucky.

The 22-year-old played 20 games in his 2007 debut season with the Saints after crossing from the Brisbane Lions.

But he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in Round 21 that year and missed the entire 2008 season recovering from the knee reconstruction.

Lead-up forward Gardiner and tagger Birss also were stiff after playing 12 and eight games respectively this year.

The delistings make room for next month's national draft, with St Kilda armed with selections 13, 47, 48, 63, 79 and 95.

The Saints are expected to use one of those late picks on former West Coast captain Ben Cousins.

Former Western Bulldogs midfielder Farren Ray has already been secured in exchange for pick 31.

St Kilda also is poised to announce replacements in the coach's box after the departure of assistants Anthony Rock and John Barker.

On the injury front, Steven Baker (knee), Matt Maguire (foot), Luke Ball (hamstring) and Jarryd Allen (hip) are progressing well.

Players return for the start of pre-season training on November 17.


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