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Collard shines in St Kilda's match simulation

Jackson Clark -

St Kilda young gun Lance Collard has impressed onlookers during last Friday's match simulation at RSEA Park.

The lightly-built West Australia showed all the tricks that made him so highly touted by AFL clubs in the lead up to last year's National Draft.

The club's match report described the 'silk' of Collard as arguably the standout from the three match simulation blocks.

On one occasion he ran from the wing to the forward-line, taking four bounces and narrowly missing what would have been an incredible goal. Just moments later he almost took a brilliant high mark.

Saints' club legend and current Development Coach, Lenny Hayes was impressed with what he saw from the 18-year-old.

"I thought Lance was really lively today, certainly when the ball is in his area he's dynamite." Hayes said.

"He chased really well, put some really good pressure on and then once he's in space he's pretty hard to stop."

Collard was taken by the Saints with their second selection – pick 28 overall – in last year's National Draft after an eye-catching season for Subiaco in the WAFL Colts competition.

St Kilda's list manager Stephen Silvagni said at the time that he was excited about selecting a player with such potential.

"Lance is a creative and energetic small forward who has the ability to turn a game on its head through his dynamic skillset," he said.

"He is a proven match winner whose high energy and knack for producing game changing moments is something we're very excited to see."

He was a member of West Coast's Next Generation Academy before the Saints swooped in and selected him.

The club's official profile on Collard describes him as 'dynamic in front of the big sticks'.

"Collard's speed and agility at the dawn of his AFL career is certainly something to keep tabs on," it states.

Pyemmairre man Marcus Windhager also had a solid outing in a familiar tagging role on St Kilda captain Jack Steele.

Still just 20 years old, Windhager is one of the Saints' up-and-coming stars having registered 37 games snice debuting for the club in 2022.


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