As arguably the least heralded member of the Saints' mammoth trade haul in 2019, Dan Butler has packed the biggest punch.
Butler's start to new life as a Saint was exceptional, with starring performances against the Bulldogs, Magpies, Tigers and Suns post-shutdown seeing him earn the Ian Stewart Medal in the match against his former side.
With his game built off unrelenting forward pressure, Butler has delivered in spades to greatly enhance the small forward fleet of Jack Lonie and Dean Kent.
After the first seven rounds, the trio stood as one of the most potent small offensives in the competition, with a combined 24 goals – of which Butler kicked 13 – and 61 tackles (39 inside-50) the perfect complement to the tall timber of Max King and Tim Membrey.
While his goalscoring has been impressive and even seen him enter the Coleman Medal race, his front-and-centre work, fierce pressure and knack for being in the right place at the right time have been the most glittering aspects during his short time as a Saint.
A premiership player for the Tigers in 2017, Butler spent Season 2019 as part of Richmond’s VFL side, capping off his 21-goal season with VFL Grand Final glory for the yellow and black.
Butler was originally selected by Richmond with pick No. 67 in the 2013 National Draft.
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