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Saints snare Clark and Coffield, plus two other All-Australian's

November 24, 2017 10:30 PM

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Hunter Clark (R) and Nick Coffield of the Saints pose for a photo after the 2017 NAB AFL Draft at Sydney Showground on 24 November, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/AFL Media) (Editors note: This image is free for editorial use only)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Hunter Clark (R) and Nick Coffield of the Saints pose for a photo after the 2017 NAB AFL Draft at Sydney Showground on 24 November, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/AFL Media) (Editors note: This image is free for editorial use only)

St Kilda has added four teenagers to their list at Friday night’s NAB AFL Draft, including top 10 picks Hunter Clark and Nick Coffield.

The Saints, who had two picks inside the first ten selections for the first time in 16 years, chose Dandenong Stingrays midfielder Clark at No. 7 before adding Northern Knights rebounding defender Coffield a pick later.

Clark, 18, is regarded as one of the classiest ball users in this year's draft pool and should complement the Saints' engine room for many years to come.

Northern Knights captain Coffield was named at half-back in the under-18 All-Australian team but is expected to develop into a midfielder at AFL level.

After Richmond matched the Saints’ bid for father-son recruit Patrick Naish at No. 34, St Kilda selected Dandenong Stingrays defender Oscar Clavarino at No. 35, who was named at full back in this year’s under-18 All-Australian team.

With their fourth and final pick, St Kilda acquired Murray Bushrangers midfielder-defender Ben Paton at No. 46, completing a remarkable turn of fortunes for the 19-year-old.

Paton was overlooked by every club last year but after moving from the midfield to defence as an overage player with the Bushrangers, the teenager thrived down back, earning a spot in the Vic Country team where his stunning carnival saw him named in the All-Australian team.