We’ve seen Jack grow in this way. Because he has some unique attributes, he has the ability to continue playing without being bound by the players.

“He’s a big-bodied mid in the classic type and his ability to break free and get through a contest is really strong, so we’re hopeful to see some more offensive output from Jack, for sure.”

Steele (151 votes) polled third in last year’s Trevor Barker Award behind Rowan Marshall (152) and Seb Ross

While a minor wrist injury has temporarily halted the plan, the No. 9 is on track to rubberstamp his prowess next Sunday against the Western Bulldogs.

The Haileybury recruit has played forward for most of his footy career, but was thrown down back in 2019 as injury swept through the Saints’ defensive stocks.

“He’s got a lot of attributes to support his ability down back – he reads the play well, he marks it well, he’s a really good size and he’s a beautiful kick,” Rath said.

“But on the flipside of that, that conduit lead-up role is a really good opportunity for him up forward because of those attributes.

“I think he’ll probably play a little bit of both, and that’s going to be really valuable for us.”

Both Steele and Battle will have their hands up for selection when the Saints’ season gets underway on Sunday 14 June against the Western Bulldogs.