Drafted with pick 41 at the National Draft in 2014, Lonie has shown moments of brilliance as a high-pressure forward, but has struggled with consistency and form.
Despite standing at only 174cm, Lonie’s aggression at ground ball contests and wish to impose his physicality on opposition players is attracting clubs with a need for a new dynamic to their forward-line depth.
Lonie’s improved goal-kicking, following a disastrous 2017 campaign in which he scored 6.14, rocketed him to fourth on St Kilda’s goal scoring leaderboard for the year, despite playing a mere 11 games.
“We’re starting to see a bit more of that from ‘Lones’ and it was good that he was able to take his opportunities,” Richardson said.
“At times he’s a little bit rushed for such a talented player … but he always gives us really good pressure in defence.”
Stints in the VFL and the absence of a multi-year offer from St Kilda are enough to have rival clubs interested in one of the few players at St Kilda who was able to hit the scoreboard effectively in 2018.
It now seems that the exciting talent may be leaving St Kilda in search of a multi-year deal with a chance to play regular first-team football.