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Brown endorses top picks for Round 1 debut

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 28: Hunter Clark of the Saints in action during the AFL 2018 JLT Community Series match between the Carlton Blues and the St Kilda Saints at Ikon Park on February 28, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Hunter Clark on the move last Wednesday night.
If you don’t have the body size for a young fella, it’s about composure and I think those two have that in spades.
Nathan Brown

Top-10 draft picks Hunter Clark and Nick Coffield are ready to step in and play senior football from the opening round of the season, according to St Kilda full back Nathan Brown.

Both Clark and Coffield, who were selected one pick apart at No. 7 and No. 8 last November, impressed in last Wednesday night’s loss to Carlton in the JLT Community Series.

Coffield got his hands on plenty of the ball, collecting 20 disposals to go with five rebound 50s and four inside 50s, while Clark kicked two goals and dished off another from 12 touches.

“I truly believe they are (capable of playing Round 1),” Brown told reporters at a press conference at Linen House Centre on Wednesday.

“I guess if you don’t have the body size for a young fella, it’s about composure and I think those two have that in spades. So I do think they are ready.”

Brown said the composure displayed by Clark and Coffield stood out at Ikon Park, with both teenagers taking no time to adjust to the increase in pace and intensity. 

“It’s rare these days (to be so composed so early),” he said.

“Normally the fast pace of the game and how highly skilled the game is these days it does take a bit of time for young fellas to come in and get up to speed.

“I worked closely with ‘Coff’ down in the backline and I thought his composure in his first sort of senior game was fantastic.

“I think Saints fans are going to be really excited about those two prospects.”