Beau Maister is determined to make up for lost time after recovering from the serious hamstring injury which ruined the second half of his season last year.
The former West Coast and Claremont defender tore a hamstring tendon from the bone against the Eagles in round 11 and came back for two VFL matches at the end of the season.
Maister will make his long-awaited AFL return tomorrow night when St Kilda play the Western Bulldogs in the NAB Challenge.
"I can't wait," Maister said.
"It was devastating last year because I was pretty happy with my game against the old mob.
"It was a weird injury. When you tear the hamstring away from the bone, people think it's up around the bum but mine was behind the knee.
"I would have liked to have played a lot more footy last year."
The Saints will unveil a host of new faces.
No.3 draft pick Jack Billings and selection 18 Luke Dunstan will get their opportunities alongside recycled players Shane Savage (Hawthorn), Josh Bruce (Greater Western Sydney), Billy Longer (Brisbane) and Luke Delaney (North Melbourne).
Saints veterans Nick Riewoldt and Lenny Hayes have been rested..
The Bulldogs have named former Essendon forward Stewart Crameri and former Giant Sam Darley, along with draftees Mitch Honeychurch and Matt Fuller in their squad.
Ryan Griffen (back), Robert Murphy (elbow), key defender Jordan Roughead and top draft pick Marcus Bontempelli were among the Bulldogs not selected.