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Lee aiming to give back to Saints

January 19, 2015 12:11:28 UK

Tom Lee reckons he will be able to make a major contribution to St Kilda’s forward line this year.

The 24-year-old has only managed 13 games for the Saints in the past two seasons, after being recruited ahead of the 2013 campaign via a trade deal with Greater Western Sydney.

St Kilda  are 15.00 to finish in the top eight.

Originally drafted in 2008 by Adelaide, he failed to make the grade at the Crows and played two years for Claremont in the WAFL.

I’d be selling myself short if I didn’t say I was aiming for round one.

Tom Lee

His second crack at an AFL career hasn’t gone smoothly, with shoulder problems that first surfaced in his final season with Claremont continuing to hamper him.

He injured both shoulders during in 2012, and admits he has struggled to cope physically as well as dealing with the weight of expectation.

However, with psychological boost of a new two-year contract, Lee insists he is finally turning a corner and added: “I’m very excited about this year and hopefully that can show up in games and I can actually give a bit back to the club.”

Though told he needed surgery on both shoulders after the 2012 WAFL season, he put off the operations for 12 months to try to battle through his debut AFL campaign.

The knock-on effect of that decision was that he wasn’t able to lift the weights he needed to in order to get stronger, so he hoped that his double reconstruction surgeries would put him on course to play well in 2014.

Lee played in the NAB Challenge after just one week of pre-season training, and now admits he wasn’t ready. He had more surgery after round 17, having played just three senior games, and has been better with his recovery this summer.

Lee said: “This pre-season I’ve been able to consistently train without having any setbacks … that’s the difference, just knowing what it can handle.

He added: “I’d be selling myself short if I didn’t say I was aiming for round one. It will be tough, it will be challenging – it always is early in the season for spots – but I’ll definitely be putting my hand up for that.”

St Kilda are 1.75 to suffer most losses in 2015.

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