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Saints slide to pick No. 4

The AFL has confirmed St Kilda's first-round draft pick position. - St Kilda Saints
The AFL has confirmed St Kilda's first-round draft pick position.

The Saints’ first-round draft pick has been adjusted to No. 4 ahead of the 2018 National Draft, the AFL confirmed on Monday afternoon.

As has long been expected, St Kilda slid one rung down in the draft order after Richmond successfully snared ex-Gold Coast captain Tom Lynch as a restricted free agent.

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In line with free agency rules, Lynch’s value was assessed to be worthy of a first-round compensation pick in the upcoming draft, meaning the Suns will now head into this year’s draft armed with both picks 2 and 3.

The Saints currently hold picks 4, 59, 63, 65 and 77, but with the introduction of live trading in this year’s draft, that order has the potential to change.