Nathan Freeman has put his hand up for AFL selection after playing his fourth consecutive game at VFL level.
The 23 year-old gathered 25 possessions for Sandringham against Coburg. With finals not on the radar for the Saints in 2018, it is surely a matter of when and not if the former Magpie gets a chance at AFL level.
Highly rated as a junior, the midfielder was drafted by Collingwood with pick 10 in the 2013 draft.
His two years at the Magpies were largely spent on the sidelines due to injury. Freeman joined St Kilda at end of 2015.
Unfortunately it has been a sense of Déjà vu at St Kilda with ongoing injury issues derailing Freeman’s push for AFL selection.
On the eve of the 2018 season, Alan Richardson was hopeful the wretched injury run for Nathan Freeman would be over and his player would get the chance to showcase his talents.
“He’s in really good shape and mentally he’s still really positive. I’ve never met someone as strong as him mentally. I’ve been really impressed by him and I really want him to have a bit of luck … our whole group does. He’s a really popular person and I’m really optimistic for ‘Freezer’ now.”
The time is now for Nathan Freeman
Out of contract at the end of the season, the reality is the midfielder needs to play some AFL football in the coming weeks for his AFL journey with St Kilda to have any chance of extending beyond 2018.
It is amazing to think that, of the top 30 picks in the 2013 draft, Nathan Freeman remains the only one not to have played a solitary AFL game.
Patrick Cripps was drafted with pick 13 in the same draft. Many hoped that Nathan Freeman would come up against him in his first game of AFL football this Friday night. But according to Alan Richardson, this scenario is very unlikely.