Coffs game is a crucial lesson

ST KILDA’S James Gwilt believes the trip to Coffs Harbour this weekend will be a good learning experience for its group of young players.

The Saints will travel to the Coffs Coast to take on the Sydney Swans on Saturday night after they were knocked out of the NAB Cup by Essendon on Friday night.

The match will be St Kilda’s first game away from Etihad Stadium this year and Gwilt said it would be a crucial lesson for St Kilda’s batch of young players.

“That will be a good experience for the young blokes, because they haven’t travelled yet,” he said.

“Crippa (Jamie Cripps), Sammy Crocker, Arch (Daniel Archer) and those blokes haven’t travelled with the senior boys.

“Coming up against the Swans as well, they are a pretty good side and it should be a good challenge.

“They’ve got to try to find a routine that works for them and try to experiment a little bit.

“It’s the same for us.

"We haven’t done it for eight or nine weeks, since the season finished last year.

"It will be good for us to get back into the routine.”

Gwilt, 24, said Archer had shown every possible indication that he was ready to play senior football for St Kilda this season, after leading the ruck division against the Bombers.

“I reckon at some stage this year he will (play in the senior side),” Gwilt said.

“He’s shown a lot.

"He’s had a really good pre-season and he’s shown that work on the field.

“I reckon he would be a ruckman/centre half-forward.

"That is something he might hopefully slot into.

“I don’t know how far away Mickey Gardiner and Justin Koschitzke are (from returning from injury), so who knows?”

Gwilt’s form so far in the pre-season has been outstanding.

The running defender led the possession count for the Saints on Friday night with 21.

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