Jade Gresham’s move to the midfield proved to be a masterstroke in 2019, with the electric Saint enjoying a terrific campaign in his new role before a fractured eye socket in the final weeks of the year halted his run.
The No. 4’s dynamic play sparked the red, white and black on countless occasions, with a finish in the top-10 in the 2019 Trevor Barker Award testament to his commendable season.
This season, the State of Origin representative has been parked permanently in the midfield, scrapping relentlessly at the coalface to pry the ball free and send it into the offensive half.
After injuring his PCL in Round 1, the season shutdown due to COVID-19 allowed the zippy Saint to fully recover without missing any game-time.
A 25-disposal effort in the season restart against the Western Bulldogs marked an impressive return, before gritty efforts against Adelaide (18 disposals, one goal), Port Adelaide (23 disposals, one goal) and Sydney (23 disposals, two goals) signalled the beginning of a sizzling run of form.
Gresham's burst placed him in pole position for St Kilda's clearance numbers, as well as in the top-three for total disposals, metres gained and contested possessions.
Unfortunately, a stress fracture in his lower back is set to park the young Saint for an extended period of time.
Gresham was selected by St Kilda with pick No. 18 in the 2015 National Draft.
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