Blake Acres is the round 6 2016 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee after tallying 28 disposals, 7 marks and 2 goals in the Saints' 39-point win over Melbourne.
St Kilda coach Alan Richardson had laid down the law to the young Saint after he found himself out of the team, following the club's loss to Port Adelaide in round one, insisting he improve his consistency and ability to win one-on-one contests.
"It was frustrating getting dropped after just the one game but 'Richo' knows what he's doing," Acres said.
"He gave me some clear points to work on and I knuckled down, I did the work he told me I needed to do and it worked on the weekend for me."
Richardson praised Acres for his commitment in bolstering those specific parts of his game.
"More than any other player he's committed to making sure that he works on his game and works on his craft," Richardson said.
"He's been a really good example. It doesn't surprise me that he's ended up performing strongly. There's no secrets in footy. If you work hard, you end up getting rewards."