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In the mix: Round 13

Michael Ryan  June 13, 2018 6:39 PM

A host of big-name Saints are banging down the door for senior selection.

Jack Billings responded in the best possible way after being dropped to the VFL, and the highly-rated Saint had it on a string, collecting 54 disposals in a monster performance.

Billings’ form has been inconsistent at the senior level so far this year, but the talented 22-year-old’s Sandringham showing has him in line for an immediate senior recall.

WATCH: Billings responds

David Armitage has now had four outstanding games in a row in the VFL, this time picking up 41 possessions despite being tagged by Frankston.

The 29-year-old is into his 12th season in the AFL, and his aggression on the inside and well-developed leadership could be the answer for Alan Richardson.

Billy Longer played his best game of the year for Sandringham, winning the hit-outs 55-26 and booting a goal.

The Saints’ second ruckman also took three contested marks and laid two tackles, and his hunger to break back into the AFL side could be rewarded as he mounts pressure on the coveted No. 1 ruck spot.

Josh Bruce played his first game of competitive football in nine weeks and exploded out of the blocks in the Zebras’ clash with Frankston.

The 26-year-old finished with 4.1, and his size and ability to create contests inside 50m means the temptation will be high to bring him straight back into the senior side.

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Josh Bruce could make his return against the Suns on Saturday.

Darragh Joyce was able to nullify the influence of Frankston’s main goalkicker, and the tall Irishman shows real promise as a shut-down defender.

The hurling convert’s impressive athleticism allows him to contest well in the air and cover the ground, and has been on the brink of selection a few times already in 2018, Joyce’s luck could turn soon.

We’re officially back on Freeza Watch, as Nathan Freeman played his first game back since injuring his AC joint and showed no signs of soreness.

The talented midfielder picked up 28 touches and laid four tackles for the Zebras as he continues to chase his long-awaited AFL debut.

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