Former North Albury and Murray Bushranger Doulton Langlands will make his long-awaited debut for St Kilda on Sunday against the Western Bulldogs.
Rookie drafted at number eight in November, 2017, it will be an historic moment in more than one respect given it will also be the first game for caretaker coach Brett Ratten after the Saints parted company with six-year mentor Alan Richardson.
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The 19-year-old, who will wear number 46, will be the club's fifth debutant this year.
Langlands caught the eye of the Saints during a red-hot run off a wing for the Bushies at under 18 level.
"Doulton was playing some really good footy towards the end of the year," then coach Leon Higgins said after he was drafted.
"Athletically he's outstanding.
"His footy has really come along in the past few years and we think he's a chance to make an impression."
His footy has really come along in the past few years.Then Murray Bushrangers' coach Leon Higgins
The Saints weren't only impressed with his pace though as he also boasts a bullish presence around the stoppages and versatility to play inside and out.
However, his journey hasn't been without its challenges.
A stint on the sidelines with concussion, and a hamstring tendon injury over summer, have both been major obstacles in securing a debut.
But spurred on by the recent promotion of housemates Hunter Clark and Nick Coffield, Langlands has starred at VFL level.
A breakout game against Coburg (25 disposals, one goal) in round nine and a follow-up performance against Werribee (16 disposals, three tackles) thrust his name into the selection conversation for the first time.
An eye-catching game against Richmond (20 disposals, nine tackles, one goal) followed in round 13 before finally banging down the door against the Cats.
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