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Exciting small forward Lance Collard to debut for St Kilda

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Exciting small forward Lance Collard will make his debut for St Kilda on Saturday night against Geelong at GMHBA Stadium.

Collard has impressed those at the club with his mercurial antics in front of goal, as well as his intensity and pressure on the ball carrier.

Teammate Tim Membrey broke the news to him during a team meeting after the club’s training session yesterday afternoon.

“We know what you can do – we know that you can take the big marks and kick fancy goals but I think what we’re after is that pressure, and getting after it and really disrupting their defence,” Membrey said while addressing Collard.

“So, I’m bloody excited to be running out there with you.”

Collard is described by the club as a player who is ‘dynamic’ in front of the big sticks with the ability to dispense scoreboard damage in big bursts or at handy intervals.

“A freakish highlights reel from his time at Subiaco is just the tip of iceberg in terms of what Lance Collard could deliver in the seasons moving forward,” the club’s profile on Collard reads.

Lance Collard (right) pictured with fellow St Kilda debutant Liam Henry. (Image: Michael Klein)

The Subiaco product was a member of West Coast’s Next Generation Academy but was taken by St Kilda with selection number 28 in last year’s AFL Draft.

The Noongar and Yamatji man will become the 34th Indigenous player to play for St Kilda joining current players Bradley Hill, Marcus Windhager and Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera.

Former Fremantle player Liam Henry will also make his debut for the Saints after an impressive pre-season.

Henry joined the St Kilda last trade period after the club sent its future second-round and fourth-round draft picks to the Dockers.

In other selection news, Kysaiah Pickett will return for Melbourne for their clash against the Western Bulldogs after serving a suspension.

Former St Kilda player Jade Gresham has been named to make his first appearance for the Bombers after joining the club this off-season, while West Coast pair Tyler Brockman and Tyrell Dewar are also a chance to play after being named on an extended bench.

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