MELBOURNE mid-fielder Jordan Gysberts has been named the NAB AFL Rising Star nominee for round 11.
The 19-year-old earned his nomination after an outstanding performance against Essendon at the MCG - completing his 30 possessions with four tackles and eight marks.
This is the second nomination for Gysberts, after he was nominated after round 11 last season.
Under the criteria for the NAB AFL Rising Star, a player may win nominations across two seasons, provided he has not played more than 10 games and is under 21 years of age.
Gysberts made his AFL debut in round 10 last year and was nominated as a Rising Star after his second league game. After returning to the VFL, he suffered a back injury and did not play in the last two months of the season.
Gysberst played his first senior match this season in round three and his sure-ball handling and neat disposal has kept him in the senior side since.
Melbourne coach Dean Bailey said Gysberts’ nomination demonstrates he is a key player with a promising future ahead.
“Jordie’s contribution against Essendon was terrific, he’s just a natural footballer who is clearly at home at the elite level of AFL,” Bailey said.
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