The absence of a senior coach hasn't stopped St Kilda re-signing three youngsters with Jack Steven, David Armitage and Tom Simpkin all inking new deals.
Armitage played 22 games in 2011 to take his tally to 50 since debuting in 2007.
The 23-year-old has developed into one of the key cogs in the Saints midfield and was in the top three for tackles at the club.
"2011 was a breakout year for David and it was pleasing to see his effort rewarded with him playing every game when available," said general manager player list Ameet Bains.
Steven had a breakout year for the club, playing 21 games and kicking 13 goals, as well as picking up a Rising Star nomination in Round 10.
"Jack's year, particularly in the absence of Lenny Hayes, highlighted his importance to the Saints' midfield. His ability to step up and influence games was critical," said Bains.
Young defender Simpkin made his debut against reigning premiers Collingwood in Round 11 and did an admirable job on Collingwood forward Chris Dawes.