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In the Mix: Round 22

A big-name defender and several other Saints are pressing for a senior recall ahead of Saturday’s match with the Blues. - St Kilda Saints,Carlton Blues,Nathan Brown,Jimmy Webster,Brandon White,Bailey Rice,Sam Rowe,David Armitage
A big-name defender and several other Saints are pressing for a senior recall ahead of Saturday’s match with the Blues.

A win against the Dockers has the Saints on the up ahead of Saturday’s match against Carlton. 

At least one change will be on the agenda following Nick Coffield’s season-ending shoulder injury, but just who will come in? 

Nathan Brown is firming as a likely candidate to bolster the defensive stocks, with the 30-year-old left out of last week’s match to combat Fremantle’s smaller forward line. 

With Harry McKay, Levi Casboult and Mitch McGovern all dangerous forward options, Brown’s experience could help curtail their firepower. 

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Rebounding defender Jimmy Webster is also in the selection frame to face the Blues, with his spring off half-back a suitable replacement for Coffield.

The left-footer was held off last week as a precaution, but after two games in the VFL is nearing his damaging best. 

Brandon White has enjoyed a superb year off half-back in the VFL and could slot seamlessly into Coffield’s role in defence. 

Armed with a precise kick and an ability to launch attacks off the half-back line, 22-year-old could have an immediate impact should he be selected. 

White has averaged 21 disposals and six marks across his 12 matches for Sandringham, playing just the one senior game this season before a corked thigh cut his run short. 

Best mate Bailey Rice has been chomping at the bit for several weeks now, with his grit, bullish presence and toughness at the contest holding him in good stead all season. 

Rice has been named as emergency the past six weeks and could find himself back in the red, white and black thanks to his unwavering commitment. 

Defender Daniel McKenzie could also be recalled to play his 50th game against the Blues after missing last week’s match against Fremantle.  

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Veteran David Armitage would add a wealth of experience and has the ability to play off the half-back line and through the midfield. 

The 169-gamer has only played the two games this season, but the highly-respected Saint has been a strong leader in developing St Kilda’s up-and-coming talents in the VFL. 

Sam Rowe fits under the same umbrella in terms of player admiration, with the Saints’ young contingent speaking highly of his role in their development. 

Key defender Sam Rowe has done it all for the Zebras this season.

Rowe’s leadership for Sandringham and flexibility in playing up forward, down back and in the ruck could see him used as a versatile asset come Saturday afternoon. 

Currently sitting on 99 career games, it would be fitting for the No. 47 to bring up the ton against his old side. 

Dynamic forward Matthew Parker, endurance machine Ed Phillips and emerging midfielder Doulton Langlands are all potential candidates to squeeze back in this weekend. 

St Kilda will face Carlton at the MCG this Saturday at 1:45pm.