Former Coburg defender Luke Ryan is the Round 20 nomination for the NAB AFL Rising Star award.
The 21-year-old intercept and rebound specialist recorded 28 disposals (21 kicks) at 86 per cent efficiency, 16 marks (including nine intercept marks – the second-most ever recorded) and five rebound-50s in Fremantle’s 23-point win against Gold Coast at Domain Stadium on Saturday night.
186cm Ryan was selected by the Dockers with pick no.66 in the 2016 NAB AFL Draft and has played eight matches since making his AFL debut in Round 11, averaging 17 disposals, seven marks and four rebound-50s per game.
The Calder Cannons (TAC Cup), Maribyrnong Park (Essendon District FL), Moonee Valley (EDFL), Aberfeldie (EDFL) and Werribee Districts (Western Region FL) junior won the Fothergill-Round Medal for the VFL’s most promising player under 23 last year. He averaged 19 disposals (13 kicks) at 85 per cent efficiency, six marks and six rebound-50s per game in 10 senior matches for the Lions before injury ended his season early.
Ryan is the first former VFL player to win an AFL Rising Star nomination since North Melbourne’s Luke McDonald (ex-Werribee) in Round 4, 2014.