The AFL’s top young guns have one last chance this season to earn a Rising Star nomination and join 22 other players in the race for the prestigious award.
Yet this year’s class of contenders also highlights just how hard the 2020 crop had it in their final year of underage footy.
Players under the age of 21 on January 1 and with fewer than 10 games under their belt going into a season are eligible for the Rising Star award.
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It means St Kilda’s Ryan Byrnes, Giant Connor Idun, North Melbourne’s Will Phillips, Gold Coast’s Matt Rowell, Bulldog Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (if he plays) and Collingwood’s Trent Bianco are among the chances to throw their name in the Rising Star mix. Nominations at the tailend of the season tend to reflect a…