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Blake Acres

Age: 23yr 9mth    Games: 71     Born: October 7, 1995     Origin: West Perth
Height: 190cm     Weight: 92kg     Position: Midfield, Forward
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #19 2013 National Draft by St Kilda Saints
Supercoach Price: $353,800   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $493,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: Out of contract at the end of 2020   AFL Player Contracts
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Blake Acres Biography

Monday, 26 March 2018
St Kilda skipper Jarryn Geary says 2018 will be the year Blake Acres will step up his consistency as a midfielder.

"He's got some great tricks, he's a really good size, he's quick enough and he seems to get away with a lot of things that other players can't," Geary said.

"His next development is going to be his consistency.

"When he plays really well, he's really good for us, and his challenge is to bridge that gap between his best and worst performances."

Sunday, 4 February 2018
Hitting the dangerous kicks and opening the game up has been a pre-season focus for young St Kilda midfielder Blake Acres as he looks to take the next step in his promising career in 2018.

"This season it's about being able to hit the harder kicks," Acres said.

"I've tried to keep it pretty simple, until I can actually hit those kicks, but I'm trying to add that to my game.

"If I train it here and earn the trust of the group, then I can go for them on game day."

Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Blake Acres extends his contract with St Kilda and will remain a Saint until at least the end of 2020.

"I'm excited by the direction this club and playing group is heading," Acres said.

"We are a tight-knit group and we're looking forward to getting back to work and making our mark next season."

Saturday, 6 May 2017
Blake Acres says comparisons between himself and Lenny Hayes, while humbling, are a little farfetched.

"I don't think I'm anywhere near his level. I'm humbled to be compared with him but I'm nowhere near him," Acres said.

"He taught me a lot in my first year. I suppose I just try to play my own way but if people think it looks a bit like Lenny then that's their opinion."

Sunday, 21 August 2016
Blake Acres says the guidance of St Kilda skipper Nick Riewoldt has helped him play consistent football in the past month.

The 20-year-old sat down with the Saints' champion about four weeks ago to watch vision together and tap into his experience.

Acres also made sure he watched vision of Riewoldt to get a sense of the veteran's tireless running and where he positions himself during games.

"It's been a lot easier working with him and being able to watch what he does helps me a lot too," Acres said.

"He [Riewoldt] just tells me to keep taking the game on. Everyone does on the team [as] everyone works together, which is good."

Monday, 2 May 2016
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."

Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Blake Acres has made a long-term commitment to the Saints after just three games, signing a contract extension that will tie him to the club for the next four years.

"This is a big commitment, but the club has been great," Acres said.

"As I said before, it's just like home.

"We've signed up a lot of the young guys recently, so they are showing they're committed to us and we need to show we're committed to them."

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