ST Kilda has received a major boost, with gun draftees Hunter Clark and Nick Coffield tacking on an extra two years to their current deals to recommit to the club until the end of 2021.
Clark was picked up at number seven in last year’s National Draft, while Coffield was snared with pick eight.
The pair are seen as future midfield stars. A smooth-moving medium defender who uses the football well by hand and foot, Clark averaged 15.2 possessions, three marks and 4.2 tackles for Vic Country in the under 18 Championships. Blessed with excellent breakaway speed, underlined by his time of 2.91 seconds at the Draft Combine, Coffield earned All Australian honours after averaging 22.1 disposals at 74.2 per cent efficiency.
Coffield has acquitted himself well in his first two AFL matches, averaging 17.5 touches and five marks, while Clark played the first two games of 2018 and is pressing hard for a recall to the senior side.
“We’re really excited to have Nick and Hunter commit long-term to the club,” said Saints football manager Simon Lethlean.
“Both have a bright future in the game and we’re looking forward to watching them grow as players and young men over the next four years.”
“From the moment they walked into the door at the beginning of pre-season, they have really attacked their training and sought to soak up as much as they can from their coaches and senior players.”
“Both have had a taste of AFL football now and it’s pretty exciting to see glimpses of the players we know they will become for the Saints in the coming years.”
Coffield expressed his delight at extending his stay at Moorabbin by a further two years.
“It’s an awesome feeling. We’re pretty keen and excited, because we both see a bright future at the Saints,” Coffield said.
“We’re looking forward to working hard to improve as individuals and as a club in the next four years.”
They work together, train together and live together…
Now, Nick and Hunter put their friendship to the test 😅 pic.twitter.com/fVLuPnF8Px
— St Kilda FC (@stkildafc) April 18, 2018