After just his third season at senior level, Rowan Marshall was everything and more for the Saints in Season 2019.
The Portland product’s mobility, athleticism and elite contested work established himself the Saints’ premier ruckman, with a second-placed finish at the 2019 Trevor Barker Award rounding out his superb season.
With the signing of All-Australian ruckman Paddy Ryder in the 2019 Trade Period, Marshall was given on-field and off-field support and guidance from one of the best in the business.
Marshall and Ryder floated between ruck and attack in the first few rounds of the season – with the latter predominantly taking the centre bounces – before the Prospect took the reins in Round 4 after his counterpart missed through soreness.
The two reunited in Round 7 to damaging effect, before going one better the following week with a combined for 40 hit-outs, 25 disposals and four goals to will the Saints to an emphatic victory against the top-of-the-table Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.
Playing as a key forward in the absence of Max King and Tim Membrey in Round 16 against Hawthorn, Marshall was awarded the Silk-Miller Memorial Medal for his best-on-ground performance, complete with two goals and eight marks.
Marshall was selected by St Kilda with pick No. 10 in the 2016 Rookie Draft.
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