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Rising Star Saint more than just a goalsneak

Jack Lonie is the round 14 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee - ${keywords}
Jack Lonie is the round 14 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee

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AS IF earning the round 14 NAB AFL Rising Star nomination was not enough, St Kilda's Jack Lonie is a chance to scoop up another major award by the end of the year.

The 18-year-old small forward was nominated for the Coates Hire Goal of the Year for his sensational dribble kick from the boundary on Sunday – one of many highlights from the Saints' 110-point demolition of Essendon.

And his goal was no fluke.

"It's not something I try to master, but it's a bit of fun to kick a couple of dribble kicks before training every now and then," Lonie told AFL.com.au.

"That builds to getting better at it and in a game, when you need it, it's there."

Kicking goals is just one part of Lonie's talents as a small forward.

Coach Alan Richardson has been clear with Lonie about what else he needs to bring to cement his spot in the Saints' lineup.

"Being a small forward, Richo said to me that if I keep applying that forward pressure and getting involved on the scoreboard and bringing that energy, then I'll be getting a game," Lonie said.

"I've tried to own that forward pressure role and be the best I can be at it."

The Saints have averaged 15 tackles inside forward 50 over the past three weeks and manic forward pressure has become a hallmark of the club's game.

The 174cm, 70kg Lonie has held up his end of the bargain and Richardson has rewarded him, with Lonie missing just one game since making his debut in round one.

He has also been part of five Saints wins but none of them measure up to the feeling he experienced on the weekend against the Bombers.

"I felt that we were building towards a complete game in recent weeks," Lonie said.

"We played four quarters of consistent footy and it was a special win."

Lonie's contribution of 18 disposals, five inside 50s, two tackles and that goal was a significant contribution in the Saints' big win.

The young Saint has kicked 10 goals in 12 games and is averaging 12.7 disposals per game.

Lonie, pick No.41 in last year's NAB AFL Draft, received word he had received the Rising Star gong when teammate Adam Schneider announced the news in the club's team meeting on Monday.

Lonie counts Schneider as a mentor and there is a running joke among Saints players that Schneider regards Lonie as his own son.

"He's someone who has got a great footy brain and I've sought as much advice from him as I can," Lonie said of Schneider.

"He's been great in teaching me the structures and everything that goes along with it. He's made sure I've fitted in really well and I'm enjoying playing with him."

Jack Lonie's junior club: Seaford Junior Football Club

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