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Patrick Ryder
Takes part in practice match
FSt Kilda Saints
March 3, 2021
Ryder took part in a practice match versus North Melbourne, Mitch Cleary of the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Ryder underwent surgery on his hamstring last October but appears to be in good shape as the 2021 regular season approaches. Barring a setback of some kind, he should be in the team's Round 1 lineup and could be in line for ruckman duties with Rowan Marshall sidelined early in the season.
Jack Higgins
Taking on Blues Thursday
FSt Kilda Saints
March 3, 2021
Higgins is in the lineup for Thursday's Community Series game versus Carlton, Chris Nice of the Saints' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Higgins 2020 season ended with him sidelined by a minor calf issue, so he's likely raring to go after watching the team's season end last year. He racked up 14.5 disposals -- 8.9 kicks and 5.6 handballs -- and 3.6 marks per contest in his 10 appearances for the Saints last year.
Jade Gresham
In lineup for Community Series
MSt Kilda Saints
March 3, 2021
Gresham (back) will rejoin the lineup for Thursday's Community Series tilt versus the Blues, Chris Nice of the Saints' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Gresham missed the last month-plus of the 2020 season due to a back injury but has healed up in the offseason and he is gearing up for the 2021 run. Gresham is listed as a centre for the contest, so he should be in line for a good chunk of disposals again after tallying 17.5 per contest a season ago.
Jake Carlisle
Listed as emergency
DSt Kilda Saints
March 3, 2021
Carlisle holds an emergency designation for Thursday's Community Series game versus the Blues, Chris Nice of the Saints' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Carlisle appears ready for the start of the 2021 campaign after his 2020 season ended early following the birth of his child. While he's unlikely to take part in the Community Series affair, he figures to be included in the lineup for the Round 1 clash with GWS.
Ben Paton
Will miss 2021 season
DSt Kilda Saints
Leg
March 3, 2021
Paton has been ruled out for the 2021 season due to tibia and fibula fractures, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Paton was a significant contributor for the Saints during the 2020 season, racking up 12.5 disposals, 4.3 marks and 1.1 tackles per game. He, unfortunately, won't get an opportunity to serve in a similar role in 2021 following the major injury and will instead turn his focus toward getting right for 2022.
Ryan Byrnes
Set for extended absence
MSt Kilda Saints
Hamstring
March 3, 2021
Byrnes will miss an extended period of time due to a serious hamstring injury, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Byrnes made one appearance for the Saints in 2020 and compiled just five disposals and a pair of tackles in the contest. The young gun could be a bigger factor for the Saints in 2021 when he gets right but loses out on an opportunity to prove his worth during the preseason.
Jarryn Geary
Set to miss action
DSt Kilda Saints
Leg
March 3, 2021
Geary is slated to miss at least the opening rounds as he recovers from a fractured fibula, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Geary delivered 9.8 disposals, 2.8 marks and 1.6 tackles per contest during his 17 2020 appearances but will have to wait to kick off his 2021 season due to a rather severe issue. His exact timeline for return remains a bit cloudy at this juncture but should have a bit more clarity as the regular season approaches.
Zak Jones
Questionable for Round 1
MSt Kilda Saints
Hamstring
March 3, 2021
Jones is considered a question mark for the Round 1 clash with Greater Western Sydney due to a hamstring setback, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Jones will miss the Community Series clash with the Blues as a result. More information on his status versus the Giants should surface on the week of the regular-season opener.
Rowan Marshall
Sidelined through Round 2
RSt Kilda Saints
Foot
March 3, 2021
Marshall will miss through at least Round 2 as he works his way back from a foot injury, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Coach Brett Ratten believes Marshall will be back in the mix soon after Round 2, so it sounds as though the team's No. 1 ruckman may not be sidelined too long by the issue. Even so, the team is losing out on his 14.0 disposals, 4.4 marks, 2.2 tackles and 14.6 hitouts per contest from the 2020 season in the meantime.
Daniel Hannebery
Pushing for Round 1 return
MSt Kilda Saints
Calf
March 3, 2021
Hannebery is dealing with a calf injury that leaves his status for Round 1 versus Greater Western Sydney in question, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Hannebery will miss the Community Series clash with the Blues as a result of the calf issue, but it appears he's not completely out of the picture for a Round 1 appearance despite the long stay on the sideline of late. His status should be updated closer to the regular-season opener.
Shaun McKernan
Signs with Saints
FSt Kilda Saints
November 5, 2020
McKernan signed with the Saints on Friday.
ANALYSIS
McKernan appeared in nine games with the Bombers in 2020 and logged five goals with 72 disposals. He had his workload managed with Essendon, and he could potentially play a bigger role with his new club next season.
Ben Long
Season ends during suspension
DSt Kilda Saints
October 13, 2020
Long's 2020 campaign came to an end while he was serving a one-match suspension in the semi-final versus Richmond.
ANALYSIS
Long was handed a one-match ban for the contest, so, while he won't be able to return in 2020, he should be clear heading into the 2021 campaign. He finished out the season averaging 12.3 disposals (6.3 handbells, 6.0 kicks), 3.3 marks and 2.0 tackles over 15 matches played.
Jack Steele
Caps off season with strong effort
MSt Kilda Saints
October 10, 2020
Steele tallied 25 disposals (10 kicks, 15 handballs), five marks, four tackles and one goal in Friday's 80-49 semi-final loss to Richmond.
ANALYSIS
Steele was arguably the Saints' best player once again, capping off what has been his best season to date. He ends the campaign ranked inside the top-20 in multiple categories, finishing third in total tackles and sixth in total clearances. He has basically been a must-roster player all season and given he is just 24 years old, there are many more prolific seasons yet to come.
Callum Wilkie
Poor production doesn't tell the story
DSt Kilda Saints
October 10, 2020
Wilkie finished with 10 disposals (seven kicks, three handballs) and four marks in Friday's 80-49 loss to the Tigers.
ANALYSIS
Wilkie certainly didn't make a lot of noise on the stat sheet but turned in a really strong performance, keeping Jack Riewoldt scoreless while tallying five intercepts of his own. It was a strong finish to the season for the young defender, and despite the loss, the Saints have to like what they have seen over what has been a disrupted 2020 campaign.
Josh Battle
Back in AFL side
DSt Kilda Saints
October 8, 2020
Battle (ankle) will rejoin the lineup for Friday's semi-final clash with Richmond.
ANALYSIS
Battle sat out the elimination final last week because of the ankle injury he picked up in the home-and-away finale. Fortunately, the issue appears to be resolved and Battle will return to the lineup. He's listed as a full-forward for the contest alongside Dean Kent and Max King.
Ben Long
Tabbed with one-match suspension
DSt Kilda Saints
Suspension
October 6, 2020
Long has been hit with a one-match suspension ahead of Friday's semifinal versus Richmond.
ANALYSIS
Long and the Saints attempted to appeal the ban to no avail, positioning him to miss the semifinal barring a late change of heart from the tribunal in a last-ditch attempt from St. Kilda. Assuming that doesn't change anything, which is expected to be the case, Long would have his next chance to return next week should the Saints advance.
Jake Carlisle
Leaves hub
DSt Kilda Saints
Personal
October 4, 2020
Carlisle left the Saints' hub Monday after the birth of his child.
ANALYSIS
Carlisle remained with the team as long as he could, but he should miss the rest of the AFL finals series after leaving the hub. Dylan Roberton and Josh Battle could see increased roles for the Saints going forward with Carlisle and Patrick Ryder (hamstring) unavailable.
Patrick Ryder
Slated for surgery
FSt Kilda Saints
Hamstring
October 4, 2020
Ryder will have surgery on his hamstring and will miss the remainder of the AFL finals series, Tom Browne of 7NEWS.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ryder suffered a hamstring injury at the end of Saturday's win over the Western Bulldogs, and he'll be sidelined for the remainder of the season as a result. His absence should be significant for the Saints as he kicked at least one goal in each of the last five Rounds.
Jarryn Geary
Scores two majors in win
DSt Kilda Saints
October 3, 2020
Geary scored two majors and one behind in addition to logging 12 disposals (seven kicks, five handballs) and making seven marks during Saturday's 67-64 win over Western Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
Geary captained his team to a hugely important victory that saw the Saints win a finals match for the first time in 10 years. Though not typically the most productive of players, Geary took advantage of the opportunities presented to him when his team needed the help. In the finals, Geary may be more likely to continue producing at a higher rate because he can handle the pressure.
Tim Membrey
Scores two in win
FSt Kilda Saints
October 3, 2020
Membrey scored two majors and one behind to go with 16 disposals (13 kicks, three handballs) and nine marks made during Saturday's 67-64 win over Western Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
Membrey hasn't always been the most reliable player for fantasy but he stepped up during the first match of the finals. He'll head into the semis with a major scored in each of the last six matches.
Patrick Ryder
Likely to miss semis
FSt Kilda Saints
Hamstring
October 3, 2020
Ryder will likely miss the semifinals after suffering a hamstring injury in the final moments of Saturday's 67-64 win over Western Bulldogs, according to Callum Twomey of afl.com.
ANALYSIS
Ryder is a sizable loss through his production as a ruck and as a goalscorer. He kicked at least one goal in each of the last five Rounds and topped 20 hitouts in each of the last four. Now, his only chance of playing during the rest of the season will come if the Saints make the grand final.
Josh Battle
Won't play Saturday
DSt Kilda Saints
Ankle
October 2, 2020
Battle (ankle) won't play Saturday versus the Bulldogs, Chris Nice of the Saints official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Battle picked up the ankle issue in the home-and-away finale, leaving his status for the finals uncertain. Unfortunately, he won't be able to take part in the elimination final and will need to hope his team can take care of business without him for a chance to retake the field in 2020.
Zak Jones
Set to return
MSt Kilda Saints
Hamstring
September 29, 2020
Jones (hamstring) is in line to take the field in Saturday's elimination match versus Western, Mitch Cleary of the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Jones appears set to rejoin the action after missing out on the Saints' home-and away finale due to a hamstring issue. He's a major part of the midfield for St. Kilda, averaging north of 20 disposals to go along with 3.6 tackles and 3.2 marks per contest.
Daniel Hannebery
Has strong second half in return
MSt Kilda Saints
September 18, 2020
Hannebery scored one behind and logged 13 disposals (nine kicks, four handballs) in addition to making two marks during Friday's 82-30 win over Greater Western Sydney Giants.
ANALYSIS
Hannebery wasn't the most valuable player before suffering a hamstring injury that had kept him out since Round Five, and he had a slow start in his first match back. While his presence could be key to the team's success in the finals, Hannebery doesn't appear to have the biggest share of their production even when healthy.
Jack Steele
Strong both ways in win
MSt Kilda Saints
September 18, 2020
Steele scored two majors and logged 19 disposals (eight kicks, 11 handballs) in addition to making seven tackles and 10 clearances during Friday's 82-30 win over Greater Western Sydney Giants.
ANALYSIS
Steele has been another consistently productive player over the final four Rounds with a goal scored in four straight. Through his goal scoring, Steele was able to make up the difference when he was never able to collect huge disposal numbers, or be consistent in any other stat. However, he was certainly a valuable option throughout the season and will be important to Saints' hopes in the finals and beyond.
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