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Patrick McCartin
#32   St Kilda Saints
Age: 21yr 6mth    Games: 22     Born: April 19, 1996    
Height: 194cm     Weight: 95kg     Position: Forward
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #1 2014 National Draft by St Kilda Saints
Supercoach Price: $238,400   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $283,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: Out of contract at the end of 2018   AFL Player Contracts
 
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Patrick McCartin Biography

Sunday, 12 November 2017
Paddy McCartin is relishing the prospect of replacing retired champion Nick Riewoldt in St Kilda's forward line.

"Roo has been unbelievable for me and my development and hopefully I can fill a little bit of the hole he's left," McCartin said.

"You don't really look at it and say, 'I've got to be Rooey', because that's going to be tough. He's one of the best players to have played the game, almost. I'm just going to control what I can control."

Saturday, 11 November 2017
Draft prospect Tom McCartin says he is ready for the scrutiny that comes with being an AFL player after learning from older brother Paddy McCartin's experiences at St Kilda.

At 192cm, McCartin is also a tantalising goal-kicking prospect, but has battled his own injury demons while he grows into a key position role.

"After seeing the scrutiny on Paddy, with the way he goes about it, I've been able to take a few leaves out of his book in a way," Tom said.

"I've seen him go through all his injuries and it's pretty tough to watch.

"If it comes about for me, I'll try not to read into it or worry about it too much, which is something he does really well.

"I've really tried to take it on board, so I feel I'd be ready for it."

Tuesday, 26 September 2017
St Kilda is looking to extend Paddy McCartin's contract in advance to avoid any extra attention on the No.1 pick next year.

"[There's] no doubt that you don't necessarily want someone who's been under such a spotlight to go through that speculation for the year and so forth," St Kilda list and recruiting manager Tony Elshaug said.

"We're starting to have some good discussions around that with Paddy and his management and put that to bed and get down to football and being the best he can."

Saturday, 5 August 2017
Paddy McCartin might not play again in 2017 as he deals with a lingering concussion he is yet to completely overcome.

"It'd be fair to say that he hasn't quite ticked a couple of boxes from a medical perspective," St Kilda coach Alan Richardson said.

"It's gone a little bit slower, the last bit. We won't take any risk at all there. We wouldn't with any player that has an issue with concussion."

Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Paddy McCartin will be out of action indefinitely as he takes time to completely recover from his sixth concussion since 2014.

"There's a few things, just baseline testing and things like that, where I'm not quite 100 per cent," McCartin said.

"With the head stuff, it's pretty important that that's all 100 per cent spot on."

McCartin isn't experiencing any concussion symptoms and will continue to train, but will be reassessed in a few weeks.

"Feeling really good, feel fine. I'm doing all the training. Probably more of a training load than what I would in-season normally, when I'm playing," he said.

Monday, 26 June 2017
Paddy McCartin will be rested after his latest bout of concussion but the Saints insist his long-term future is not at risk.

"He's very likely to play the week after," St Kilda coach Alan Richardson said.

"Our medical staff, our experts, are telling us he's going to be fine. There's a fair bit of testing done in that space to make sure that they're giving players and coaches really good advice, and our advice is that Paddy will be fine."

Saturday, 24 June 2017
Paddy McCartin's immediate playing future is again in doubt after the big St Kilda forward suffered another concussion in the VFL.

McCartin had his head over the footy in a contest during the first quarter of Sandringham's clash with Coburg when he was collected by an opponent.

He lay on the ground for 10-15 seconds and was attended by trainers before walking off. He failed to appear again in the second half.

"He was ruled out with concussion, which isn't good with his history. He'll obviously get assessed during the week but hopefully for Paddy it's nothing, because he was playing very good AFL footy a couple of weeks ago," Sandringham assistant coach Brendan Allen said after the game.

Friday, 12 May 2017
As Paddy McCartin prepares to play a fifth straight week in the VFL, Saints coach Alan Richardson says he is confident the former No. 1 selection will be at the club for the long-term.

"It's frustrating for anyone, and we'd be disappointed if our guys that go back to VFL level aren't frustrated," Richardson said.

"All we can control is the way we deal with Paddy and communicate with Paddy and make sure that he's got real clarity around how important he is to us, and I've said that many times.

"We think he's going to be an outstanding player for our footy club for a very long time."

Monday, 17 April 2017
St Kilda captain Jarryn Geary has defended out-of-favour key forward Paddy McCartin's work ethic as the scrutiny continues on the prized pick of the 2014 draft class.

McCartin, who turns 21 this month, lost his spot in the Saints' senior side after a goalless, five-disposal day against the Brisbane Lions in round three.

"He's probably not a natural athlete, in terms of some other key forwards in the competition he's a big brute of a lad so that's the way he plays his footy," Geary said.

"It's hard to compare him against other key forwards, like 'Rooey' (Nick Riewoldt). You see 'Rooey' run around and explode off his opponent, (but) Paddy's not that type of player.

"He's more of a stay-at-home forward who's going to eventually be able to out-muscle defenders I'm confident with time he'll be really good for us."

Friday, 14 April 2017
St Kilda drops Paddy McCartin for its round 4 clash with Collingwood at Etihad Stadium.

McCartin had been under pressure following two quiet games to start the year, and has been sent back to the VFL to find some form.

Saturday, 20 August 2016
Paddy McCartin's season is over after the young forward broke his collarbone following a collision with Richmond's Nick Vlastuin.

The unfortunate injury came in just his second game back from three concussions during the year.

However, Saints coach Alan Richardson said there was no need for McCartin to alter his approach.

"He will keep playing that way," Richardson said.

"He will work on his technique but we want him to be strong and physical. We certainly recruited that player and he will be getting better technically."

Thursday, 4 August 2016
Paddy McCartin had no issues in his return from concussion and won't be wrapped in cotton wool for the rest of the season, with the young gun a chance to make his long-awaited AFL comeback this Sunday against Carlton.

McCartin played for VFL affiliate Sandringham last weekend and worked his way into the game, kicking 1.2 and taking six marks, to push his case for a senior recall.

"There were certainly no issues with respect to his concussion," Saints coach Alan Richardson said.

"He was running strongly and he pulled up really well - it will just be a form issue really now whether we think he's right to come back into the team.

"We know that Paddy, when he's up and going, certainly makes us a better team, so we're keen to get him in."

Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Paddy McCartin is available for selection this week after recovering fully from his third concussion of the season.

McCartin, 20, was concussed in the first quarter of the round 15 clash against Gold Coast. He passed the concussion test at the time but sat out the rest of the game as the club opted to take a conservative approach with the first player drafted in 2014.

"Paddy's been symptom-free for the best part of a month," St Kilda football manager Jamie Cox said.

"He's been training strongly during that time and is now back in full contest training.

"His most recent MRI scans were all clear last week."

Sunday, 10 July 2016
Saints coach Alan Richardson says Paddy McCartin will play senior football again by the end of the season despite a series of head knocks.

"He'll play footy again this year, there's no doubt about that," Richardson said.

"We're really pleased with the way he's going. I'd hope he would only miss another one, another two max. Once again, that will be up to the medical staff."

Friday, 8 July 2016
St Kilda is still unsure when Paddy McCartin will return to action after suffering his third concussion of the season.

"All the initial tests that you would do, the internal tests, the cog state (cognitive state test) etc., have been positive," St Kilda coach Alan Richardson said.

"Some of the external tests, with neurologists etc., are ongoing, but certainly heading in a positive direction."

Saturday, 2 July 2016
Paddy McCartin is concussed for the third time this season during the Saints' loss against Gold Coast.

McCartin was taken off during the first quarter at Metricon Stadium and was ruled out early in the second term after failing his test.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016
St Kilda has confirmed it will be without concussed forward Paddy McCartin for at least a week.
Monday, 6 June 2016
Paddy McCartin is taken to hospital after a nasty collision in which he clashed heads with teammate Jack Newnes, only to hit his head against Crows defender Luke Brown before hitting the deck.

The third-quarter incident was McCartin's second concussion for the year, with the 20-year-old experiencing a similar injury against Collingwood in round three.

Friday, 6 May 2016
Paddy McCartin has struggled to break into the Saints' side after his omission a fortnight ago.

"It's not necessarily a form thing for Paddy, it's probably more a form thing for the guy that replaced Paddy," St Kilda coach Alan Richardson said.

"He just hasn't been able to get back into a team that we were happy with, on the whole."

Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Paddy McCartin will most likely miss the rest of the NAB Challenge after suffering a low-grade hamstring strain.

The Saints are still expecting the key forward to be available for round one.

Friday, 15 January 2016
Paddy McCartin agrees to a new two-year deal with the Saints that will keep him at the club until the end of 2018.
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Paddy McCartin has been ruled out for one week after lingering symptoms from a head knock he suffered in the VFL after being concussed during the first half Sandringham's clash against Werribee.

"He got a laceration to the top of his head and was knocked out," St Kilda physio Andrew Wallis said.

"We've actually ruled him out this week. He's still showing a few symptoms, so expect him back next week."

Saturday, 18 April 2015
Paddy McCartin struggles in his AFL debut after being held scoreless in the Saints' big loss to Collingwood at the MCG.

The No.1 pick from the 2014 NAB AFL Draft was told one hour before Friday night's match that he would be making his debut after captain Nick Riewoldt was withdrawn with a calf issue.

His late call-up resulted in a scrambled effort for his parents to get to the MCG, where he escaped both the green and red substitute's vests, and played a full game.

The young forward, who turns 19 on Sunday, had a quiet first half but worked into the match thereafter to finish with nine disposals and three marks.

"He got a little bit of it in the last quarter, but he struggled," St Kilda coach Alan Richardson said.

"It's an awkward way to prepare for a game when you get told an hour before we play that you're going to play your first game of footy.

"In an ideal world he wouldn't have played. He's probably not quite ready."

Monday, 19 January 2015
Paddy McCartin is admitted to to receive treatment for a skin infection on his right thigh.

McCartin underwent a minor procedure while in hospital and the Saints expect him to resume training later this week.
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Paddy McCartin says Nick Riewoldt will be a great mentor to him at St Kilda.

"He's been fantastic to try to emulate and if I can be half the player he is I'll be happy," McCartin said.

"I've had a few chats with Nick and I'll probably sit down with him a bit closer to the season once he gets out on the track a bit more because we'll probably be doing a pretty similar program."

McCartin has yet to set any specific goals for the 2015 season, preferring to focus on throwing himself into his first pre-season.

"I've been injury-free so far and have been able to have a pretty good run at it, so I'll just keep doing what I need to do and learn as much as I can and see where that takes me," he says.

"I'm not setting any goals for round one or whatever. I'll just keep training, have a crack and see how I'll go."

Thursday, 27 November 2014
Patrick McCartin will begin his AFL career with the added challenge of being a Type 1 diabetic, a condition that requires him to regularly check his blood-sugar levels, including during games, and inject himself with insulin up to six times a day.

"If I look after myself and use everything I've got to the best of my ability in an AFL environment I feel that I'd do OK with it because it's really well balanced (with) good structures," McCartin said.

Patrick McCartin is the 2014 No.1 draft pick after St Kilda selected the Geelong Falcons key forward ahead of Eastern Ranges midfielder Christian Petracca.

Petracca was the favourite to be the No.1 pick for much of this year, but the Saints ultimately opted to go with the 2014 draft pool's best tall forward.

Patrick McCartin says he isn't concerned about being the No.1 draft pick in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft.

"It's just a number. I'm the same as anyone else when I get into a club," McCartin said.

"I can't wait to get stuck into it and have a crack."

Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Top draft prospect Paddy McCartin says he has had no recent contact from St Kilda and is still in the dark with just which club he might end up at.

"None. I've had probably the same as you," McCartin said.

"I'm in the dark and I guess we'll find out on Thursday night. I guess that adds to it as well, with the hype and speculation, no-one really knows what's going on."

Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Draft prospect Paddy McCartin says he is trying not to let talk of him being the No.1 pick in the 2014 national draft affect him.

"If someone had told me this time last year, or even before that, that some people would think I'd be the No.1 pick I'd have laughed at them," he said.

"It'll be up to someone else. I've just got to make sure I'm having a crack and making the most of the year and then the decision will be left to someone else. It won't be in my hands.

"Whatever happens, happens. I just want to enjoy the year, but that can be tough at times."

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