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Rowan Marshall has jumped up a league-high 47 factors within the Champion Knowledge rankings, rendering him the most-improved participant within the league following Season 2019.

It was the largest statistical bounce recorded from the season simply gone, with Richmond’s Bachar Houli (+32) and Carlton’s Nic Newman (+24) the following finest achievers.

The Portland product averaged 63 Champion Knowledge factors the yr prior, earlier than his blistering 2019 kind noticed him rocket as much as 110 factors. 

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After coming off the rookie listing final yr and lacking out on a Spherical 1 berth, Marshall surged up the ranks to cement himself as St Kilda’s primary ruckman. 

He averaged 18 disposals (11 contested), six clearances, 4 stoppage clearances and three inside-50s per sport to rank as elite in all statistics.  

Marshall’s mobility, endurance and talent each at ground-level and within the ruck noticed the No. 19 turn out to be one of many crimson, white and black’s most essential and influential gamers.

In line with the Official AFL Participant Scores, the 24-year-old was ranked the league’s finest participant since Spherical 11.

Marshall performed 20 video games final season to complete second within the 2019 Trevor Barker Award behind stand-in skipper Seb Ross, however he didn’t go residence empty-handed.

The star Saint snared the Lenny Hayes Gamers’ Participant Award, the Greatest Rising Participant Award and the Dare Iced Espresso Sainter of the 12 months in a near-perfect clear sweep.

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Seven Brownlow votes (third for St Kilda) capped off his terrific yr.

Heading into 2020, Marshall is more likely to work each deep in assault and within the ruck in tandem with All Australian recruit, Paddy Ryder.

The Saints are at the moment enterprise a pre-season camp at Barwon Heads, and can return to RSEA Park firstly of subsequent week. 

ROWAN MARSHALL’S 2019 AT A GLANCE

Video games: 20
Season averages: 29 hitouts, 18 disposals, six clearances
Greatest sport: Spherical 16 v North Melbourne, 21 disposals, 31 hitouts, eight clearances, one purpose
Key stat: First for St Kilda’s contested possessions (227), centre clearances (40) and hitouts (569), second for complete clearances (110)
Awards/accolades: Trevor Barker Award runner-up, Lenny Hayes Gamers’ Participant Award, Greatest Rising Participant Award, Dare Iced Espresso Sainter of the 12 months, seven Brownlow votes

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