Paddy McCartin has committed his future to St Kilda by signing a contract extension until the end of 2020, it was revealed on the St Kilda website last Sunday.
The key-forward was delighted to put pen to paper on a new deal with plenty of excitement internally at the Saints on their prospects for the 2018 season.
“I love the club and I’m excited for what the future holds. The club has invested a lot in me and I look forward to repaying their faith.”
A tough initiation for Paddy McCartin
The 21 year-old has had his fair share of ups and downs while developing at AFL level. Most notably with injuries which have restricted him to just 22 games and 22 goals since being drafted with pick one in the 2014 draft.
2017 was certainly a frustrating year for McCartin who played only five games at AFL level with his last game in round twelve.
The most worrying injuries have related to multiple concussions in the last three years. But the forward is confident of no long-term effects and is ready for the upcoming season.
“I’m feeling really confident and so are the doctors and everyone I have spoken to that I am going to be fine. I’m really looking forward to next year.”
The time is now
Paddy McCartin certainly has the attributes to be an imposing presence. Being a number one draft pick provides its own pressure and expectation.
Many fans do not have patience and want immediate impact. Albeit history shows us many key position players require some time to develop.
In 2018 it will certainly feel like a very different St Kilda with the retirement of champion Nick Riewoldt.
A champion cannot simply be replaced but the Saints will be looking for someone to help fill this void. Paddy McCartin entering his fourth season looks ready to step up and make an impact.