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Three spots available for rookies

Ahmed Saad of the Saints in action during the 2015 NAB Challenge Week 4 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on March 19, 2015. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Ahmed Saad is one of five rookies that could be elevated next week.

As many as three rookie listed players could be elevated ahead of round one with a handful of players being placed on the long-term injury list.

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Paperwork was lodged on Wednesday for Arryn Siposs (shoulder) and Seb Ross (hamstring), while paperwork for Daniel Markworth (shoulder) will be submitted on Thursday.

Five rookies are in the mix to be selected for senior elevation including popular Saint Ahmed Saad, veteran Adam Schneider, American recruit Jason Holmes and first year rookies Jack Sinclair and Brenton Payne.

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GM of Football Performance Jamie Cox said the club wouldn’t upgrade any rookies until the match committee considered selection next week.

“The opportunity is there for these players to show how hard they’ve worked in the pre-season and stake their claim for a round one call up,” he said.

“Obviously two of those players have played at the elite level already and many have shown glimpses in the NAB Challenge so it will be a decision that is made at the selection table.”

“It’s disappointing for Seb, Arryn and Daniel but they are all focussed on their rehabilitation and we hope to get them back as soon as possible.”

Siposs will recover for up to three months after re-injuring his shoulder in December while Ross is expected to be sidelined for between nine and 11 weeks.

Rehabilitation is progressing for Markworth who is yet to be assigned a timeframe for his recovery from a shoulder injury.

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