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Dunstan responds strongly

Inside midfielder Luke Dunstan was one of Sandringham's best players in Sunday's loss to Footscray.

St Kilda midfielder Luke Dunstan has again put his name up for an AFL recall, following a standout performance in Sandringham’s 49-point loss to Footscray on Sunday.

Dunstan, 22, was in top form at Trevor Barker Oval, finishing with a game-high 38 disposals and seven tackles that also included eight inside 50s and two goals.

“Luke Dunstan was really strong for us and we know what he brings to the side given his AFL experience through the midfield,” VFL coach Lindsay Gilbee told saints.com.au.

“He’s strong, tough and we’re really pleased he’s hitting the scoreboard as well.

“He wants to be playing regular AFL football and performances like today puts him right in the selection frame.”

Strong VFL performance has been rewarded with AFL selection on several occasions this year and Gilbee highlighted the games of defenders Bailey Rice and Brandon White as a couple among his best.

“Bailey Rice was really positive for us and I thought it was his best in a while," he said.

"His ability to compete one-on-one and also to rebound the ball forward running out of defence was really significant.

“Brandon White was another who got himself involved and he’s one of our most important runners off half-back. He took a lot of marks today and showed he’s got the characteristics to make it at AFL level.”