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SAINTLY START: Portland export Rowan Marshall is vying for a place as a big-man in St Kilda’s senior side after being drafted at the end of last year.
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DEVELOPING under the watchful eye of St Kilda’s thriving tall stocks, Portland’s Rowan Marshall is determined to earn the respect of his new teammates.

Marshall, standingat 201 centimetres,is kick-starting his professional career as a forward after he was selected with pick 10 in November’s rookie draft as a mature-age recruit.

He was the first south-west export drafted through the rookie draft, with Geelong hand-picking fellow Portland teenager Jamaine Jones at number 48.

RECOVERY: Portland’s Rowan Marshall is adapting to life at AFL level with St Kilda. Picture: saints南京夜网419论坛

Marshall –who piled on nearly 10 kilograms of muscle while playing for North Ballarat Roosters –said he was beginning to wrap his head around the Saints game-plan and structures.

“I’m starting to feel a lot more comfortable,” he told The Standard.

“I’m starting to understand and get the hang of them now. That comes when you transition into a new club. It’s also important to understand the values the club has.

“You start with about 70-80 per cent of the full training load but now we’re pretty much right into the full load of it. Sometimes you’re pulled from drills just to monitor the load.”

Portland footballer Rowan Marshall trains at St Kilda after joining the Saints via the 2016 AFL rookie draft. Picture: saints南京夜网419论坛

Marshall’s draft year was highlighted by18 senior games, in whichhe was named in North Ballarat’s best players on nine occasions. It included four best on ground performances.

He said his Victorian Football League grounding with the Roosters meant he entered the AFL system with the best-available preparation.

Rowan Marshall’s goalkicking prowess with North BallaratThe 21-year-old said while the Saints had an abundance of tall players, he was pushing hard to vie for a senior berth.

“In working with the forwards, it’s been great. We have plenty of talls and there is a lot of competition. There is that competitiveness at training,” he said.

“You have to make sure you’re back up if you have a poor session on the track. The next has to be of a good standard.

Portland footballer Rowan Marshall trains at St Kilda after joining the Saints via the 2016 AFL rookie draft. Picture: saints南京夜网419论坛

“While I haven’t looked too far into goal-setting or anything just yet, I’m looking to put my best foot forward to try to earn the respect of the players and coaches.

“I’ll wait and see what happens come round one and then I’ll look towards some goals.”

Marshall was optimistic about the Saints’ chances in 2017 and labelled the atmosphere around the club as “exciting”.

“We’re looking to improve on our position from last year. We have a great core group of leaders and there is so much young talent through the club,” he said.

St Kilda will kick-start its season against Melbourneon March 25.

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