Rhys Stanley – Player Review

R Stanley vs tigers Rhys Stanley built on his 12 matches in 2012 to play a further 18 this year, largely as a tall defender.

His presence in the back half was significant given the dearth of key defensive options after long-term injuries felled Sam Gilbert and Sam Fisher.

Stanley is also a more than capable forward, and shapes as an important player over the next few years for St Kilda with his versatility, height and athleticism.

Forward-line coach Adam Kingsley:

“It’s well documented that we needed another tall defender to compete with the monsters of the AFL so we played Rhys down back for most of the pre-season and he competed well in games.

He was pretty good on the whole as a defender but probably part-way through the season we moved him forward. We were just plugging holes down back but he is best forward and that’s where his future lies.”

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Ranked 1st at St Kilda for one percenters