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Josh Gabelich  June 19, 2017 3:33 PM

Post-match: Jack Sinclair (Rd13) Jack Sinclair spoke to post our round 13 win against North Melbourne. (Friday 16 June, 2017)
AFL 2017 Round 13 - North Melbourne v St Kilda

Jack Sinclair celebrates his long range goal on Friday night.

I think I started pretty well, got a bit of the footy and they’ve kept me there ever since.

Jack Sinclair spent his third summer training as a forward, but it’s on a wing where he has moved forward in 2017.

Without too much thought, the 22-year-old was sent to the far wing at University of Tasmania Stadium against Hawthorn in Round 6, in his first appearance of the year.

He has barely moved since.

The former rookie, who inherited Robert Harvey’s iconic No. 35 over the summer, continued his breakout patch against North Melbourne last Friday night, producing one of his finest performances yet.

Sinclair collected 21 disposals – his fourth haul of 20 or more this year – 11 contested possessions, five clearances, five inside 50s and a goal from beyond the paint on the run.

“It’s just good to be up around the footy a bit more and get it in my hands,” Sinclair told after Friday night’s 17-point win at Etihad Stadium.

“I did all pre-season with the forwards this year, but I came back into the team and they put me on the wing.

“I was thrown there in the first game I was back in against the Hawks. I think I started pretty well, got a bit of the footy and they’ve kept me there ever since.”

“I feel like it’s a pretty good position for me, I can use my run and my ball use. I’ve been loving it there.”

Working in tandem with relatively experienced wingman Jack Newnes, Sinclair has formed a formidable partnership with the emerging leader in the last two months.

“He’s someone I really admire. He’s really tough, he runs hard, it’s great watching him and playing alongside him,” Sinclair said.

“He really helps me out, sets me up in the right spots. It’s probably another reason why I’ve been getting a bit more of the footy.”

After three consecutive losses, St Kilda returned to the winner's list on Friday night, levelling their season at 6-6 to keep their finals ambitions alive.

Sinclair said Saints Coach Alan Richardson was pleased with the even spread of contribution against North Melbourne.

“He was pretty positive and happy we had 22 blokes contribute tonight,” he said.

“We probably have missed that the last few weeks so it was good that everyone played their role and got the job done.”

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