The Saint Kilda Football Club deemed itself fortunate to have secured the services of 19-year-old forward Paddy McCartin for the next three seasons. McCartin played just six senior games last season, kicking three goals, but the Saints felt enough confidence in his future upside to extend his contract for another two seasons.
McCartin made his debut against Collingwood in round three last season, but appeared overmatched in wet conditions. He was demoted to a sub role and did not make it back to the senior side until round 16. He showed some decent potential in round 17 against Melbourne, where he took nine marks.
A broken finger dampened the end of the season. It required surgery to repair the damage, but he was back to speed by the time pre-season training began in November.
McCartin was the last of the Saint’s 2014 draft class to agree to terms with the team. The others, Jack Lonie, Hugh Goddard and Daniel McKenzie, all agreed to contracts in 2015.
Saint Kilda struggled through another bad season in 2015, winning only six times and concluding the season 14th on the ladder. They need their young players to break the losing pattern. The team outlook for McCartin is as a player for the long term to take the place of Nick Riewoldt.