St Kilda's 2020 leaders (L-R): Tim Membrey, Seb Ross, Jarryn Geary, Jack Billings, Bradley Hill, and Dylan Roberton. Picture:

POPULAR defender Jarryn Geary will lead St Kilda for a fourth season with recruit Bradley Hill a fresh face in the Saints' six-man leadership group. 

Geary, 31, has been named as skipper after first taking on the role from Nick Riewoldt in 2017, with fellow experienced campaigner Seb Ross to again support him in as vice-captain.


Ross stood in for Geary for much of last season when Geary was sidelined with compartment syndrome and then a broken leg. 

Hill is the new member of the team after crossing from Fremantle at the end of last season.

Tim Membrey and Jack Billings have been appointed again, while Dylan Roberton will return to the group after stepping down last season to focus on his health after a second heart scare.

The group was voted on by the players, coaches and football staff. 

While Geary won't play against Hawthorn in Thursday night's Marsh Community Series match at RSEA Park, he is expected gather match minutes in the coming weeks after overcoming a summer calf issue.

He is slated to lead the team in the Saints' fundraising clash with the Hawks in Morwell in Victoria's bushfire-ravaged east on Friday, February 28.   

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Star recruit Bradley Hill takes a selfie with fans at St Kilda training. Picture: AFL Photos

He will gain further match practice against Collingwood on Sunday, March 8 in the club's second Marsh game, also in Morwell. 

Coach Brett Ratten has strongly pushed an all-in mantra across the club in his first pre-season at the helm, reflected in the way the leadership group was decided with more people voting than in previous years.


"It was clear through the process we went through that these six guys were regarded as the drivers of the standards we are trying to reach," Ratten said. "Jarryn's resilience and care for his teammates in what was a difficult year for him personally was at a really high level, and he was strongly backed to lead the club again this season. 

"Seb Ross and Tim Membrey really stepped up last season when Jarryn was out injured and have continued to set a high benchmark on and off the field this pre-season. 


"When we tally it up, it's going to be about 80 per cent the players and 20 per cent the staff.

"The staff got a vote, and it wasn't just me as a coach. We gave our property steward a vote because he sees what players do and who hands the jumpers back and who respects him.

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