Although the Saints reeled in some huge names during the 2019 trade period, Dougal Howard’s acquisition was arguably attached to the most excitement.
The key position talent boasts incredible versatility and leadership, the latter of which has been held in high regard across the competition.
His standing at Port Adelaide was reflected when he served as stand-in skipper for one game in 2019, leading a Power outfit that featured 12 players with under 50 games to their name.
In his new colours, Howard locked down the full-back position for Round 1, with his one-percent plays, thumping spoils and vocal leadership a highlight amid the uncertainty surrounding the future of Season 2020 .
Post-restart, his form has been exceptional, with a starring role against Adelaide (16 disposals, nine spoils) – complete with a sensational running goal from outside 50 – marking his best game for the red, white and black.
Howard was particularly strong against his old side in Round 8, playing a pivotal role in defence to hold the dangerous Charlie Dixon to just one goal.
Howard was originally selected by Port Adelaide with pick No. 56 at the 2014 National Draft.
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