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Dinny Navaratnam, AFL Media  December 3, 2017 7:01 PM

AFL 2017 Round 14 - St Kilda v Gold Coast

AFL.com.au have come up with their best 22 for the Saints in 2018.

With the 2017 drafts done and dusted, club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL.com.au have come up with their best 22s for each club, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Jarryn Geary, Nathan Brown, Dylan Roberton
HB: Shane Savage, Jake Carlisle, Jimmy Webster
C: Jack Sinclair, Jack Steele, Jack Newnes
HF: Blake Acres, Josh Bruce, Jack Billings
F: Jade Gresham, Paddy McCartin, Tim Membrey
Foll: Billy Longer, Seb Ross, Jack Steven
I/C: David Armitage, Koby Stevens, Sam Gilbert, Mav Weller 

DEPTH

General defenders: Hunter Clark, Nick Coffield, Daniel McKenzie, Bailey Rice, Brandon White, Darragh Joyce
Key defenders: Logan Austin, Oscar Clavarino, Hugh Goddard
Midfielders: Luke Dunstan, Nathan Freeman, Ben Paton, Ed Phillips, Doulton Langlands
General forwards: Ben Long, Jack Lonie, Darren Minchington, Nathan Wright, Ray Connellan
Key forwards: Josh Battle, Rowan Marshall
Ruckmen: Tom Hickey, Lewis Pierce 

NOTES: The two most interesting players are the Saints' first two draftees: Hunter Clark and Nick Coffield. Both would be keen to make their mark relatively quickly and have the attributes to slot in across half-back early on in their respective careers. However, the Saints have plenty of depth in that area. Another who could feature in round one next year is Nathan Freeman. He was in impressive form at VFL level before his season was ended by a right ankle injury, and his midfield run would help fill a weakness. Luke Dunstan misses out despite an impressive end to 2017, but only so many inside midfielders can be selected in the side. – Dinny Navaratnam