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No limits for young Saints

THERE have been no limits set for St Kilda's crop of draftees, including top selection Paddy McCartin, when it comes to their availability for senior football in 2015.

Saints coach Alan Richardson is used to fielding questions about when promising draftees are going to play senior football, having had to hose down pre-season expectations placed on Jack Billings, Luke Dunstan and Blake Acres 12 months ago.

This year, his crop of kids is bigger – and more high-profile, given the acquisition of No.1 NAB AFL Draft selection McCartin and versatile tall Hugh Goddard.

Fans will want to see them, and Daniel McKenzie and Jack Lonie, early on, given the Saints' rebuilding position.

As he did with last year's trio, Richardson won't promise them senior football when the season starts in April.

But, he won't rule it out either.

"It's very similar to last year. It doesn't change," Richardson told AFL.com.au.

"It's about picking them and selecting them when they're ready to play.

"Do they understand whatever role we give them, what's required, have they been able to display that level of understanding in their training and their trial game form leading up to it?

"Do we physically think they're ready to go, because we're not going to compromise what they're here for, and that's to be long-term strong players for us.

"They're not here for a game, they're here for a career and if they're ready to go, they'll play.

"If they're not, that's OK – they'll continue to develop and work on their game at VFL level or on the training track."


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