Doulton Langlands will make his long-awaited debut for St Kilda on Sunday against the Western Bulldogs.
The 19-year-old Saint will be the club’s fifth debutant of the season, with the No. 46 part of a significant week of changes at Moorabbin.
Armed with damaging pace, a bullish presence around the stoppages and versatility to play inside and out, the North Albury product is set to make his mark in the red, white and black.
Langland’s journey to the top hasn’t been without its challenges. Selected with pick No. 8 in the 2017 rookie draft, he has had to work his way up the hard way.
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A stint on the sidelines with concussion, and a hamstring tendon injury over summer have both been major obstacles in securing a debut. But spurred on by the recent promotion of housemates Hunter Clark and Nick Coffield, Langlands has put together an impressive block of football in the VFL.
A breakout game against Coburg (25 disposals, one goal) in Round 9 and a follow-up performance against Werribee (16 disposals, three tackles) thrust his name into the selection conversation for the first time.
An eye-catching game against Richmond (20 disposals, nine tackles, one goal) followed in Round 13 before finally banging down the door against the Cats last week where he racked up 22 disposals and seven tackles.
Langland joins Matty Parker, Callum Wilkie, Robbie Yong and Nick Hind as debutants in 2019.