A knee injury early in Season 2019 robbed Jack Lonie of a standout season, but his return in the final seven games began to rebuild the small forward’s harrowing presence.
The No. 13’s manic pressure in the forward 50 and grit around the fall of the ball was superb prior to his injury, but he’d save his best goal-kicking figures (four) for Round 18 against the Western Bulldogs.
In 2020, the inclusion of Premiership Tiger Dan Butler has elevated the Saints' small forward stocks.
Lonie, Kent and Butler kicked 24 goals and registered 61 tackles (39 inside-50) from the first seven matches of the year to chart as one of the most potent small forward fleets in the competition.
Of those, Lonie slotted five – two of which came against the Tigers in Round 4 – and levelled Butler's tackle count inside-50 (14) before being omitted ahead of Round 8.
The small forward re-joined the senior line-up in Round 12 against the Bombers, kicking a goal and accruing a game-high six score involvements in the 35-point win.
Lonie was selected by St Kilda with pick No. 41 in the 2014 National Draft.
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