Flourishing Marshall confident of big year ahead
AFL footballer Rowan Marshall is confident of being able to cement his spot among St Kilda’s best 22 next year, after a strong finish to the 2018 season.
The Heathmere/Portland export played 12 AFL games in his second season at the club, including six of the last seven games of the season, mainly as a forward while also pinch hitting in the ruck.
Marshall, nicknamed ‘The Prospect’ at the Saints, finished the year with six goals and averaged 13 disposals and five marks a game, while also being part of his first win in the red, black and white – a round 17 clash against wooden spooners Carlton.
While it wasn’t a great season for St Kilda, finishing 16th on the ladder with four wins and a draw, Marshall impressed during his final six games of the year.
The 22-year-old said he received some positive comments from coach Alan Richardson during his exit interview with the club.
“I had my exit interview a couple of weeks ago; we had our Mad Monday celebrations (on August 27) and then I had my exit interview on the Tuesday.
“Richo was pretty pleased with the back end of my year, in particular my last month, that’s where I think I played my best footy and it’s given me a good stepping stone going into next year.
“He also said to go away and work hard and then I can go to another level; that’s going to be my focus in the offseason, to work really hard, put on a bit of size and get strong and hopefully I’ll be able to run quicker.
“I’ll come back and have a really good preseason and hopefully be in the round one team next season.”