McCartin to make his mark

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ST KILDA coach Alan Richard­son has backed for­ward Paddy McCartin to make a dif­fer­ence to­day as the Saints look to up­set Syd­ney, a side they haven’t beaten in five years at Etihad Sta­dium.

McCartin has spent the past five weeks with San­dring­ham in the VFL since be­ing dropped af­ter Round 3.

Af­ter tak­ing 14 marks and kick­ing 4.5 for the Ze­bras against Coburg last week, he earned a call-up.

Richard­son said the 2014 No.1 draft pick was im­prov­ing and “ready to go”.

“He’s been re­ally pos­i­tive for us for four or five weeks at VFL level,” he said.

“He’s been scor­ing but … his mark­ing’s been re­ally im­pres­sive and it’s been the bal­ance of his mark­ing ... when it’s time to lead and present he’s been good, but in a con­test he’s also been pretty im­pres­sive.

“We’ve played some strong footy with­out re­ally cap­i­tal­is­ing on some of our dom­i­nance.”

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