The NAB AFL Rising Star Program is a collection of talent identification and development initiatives that supports young footballers from grassroots to the elite level.


The NAB AFL Draft is where club recruiters and officials nominate young players to join their club. Each year, we award the number one pick a $10,000 NAB Investment Portfolio. We also arrange a financial planner to assist them with the development of a wealth creation strategy. There is high interest in the draft prospects, with hopeful fans eager to find out how their team will shape up the following year.

To be eligible for the NAB AFL Draft, footballers must be 18 years of age in the year that they are picked up by a club.

Read more about the AFL draft.



Selected by

Recruited from

2019 Matthew Rowell Gold Coast SUNS Oakleigh Chargers


Sam Walsh              


Geelong Falcons                             


Cameron Rayner

Brisbane Lions

Western Jets


Andrew McGrath


Sandringham Dragons


Jacob Weitering


Dandenong Stingrays


Patrick McCartin

St. Kilda

Geelong Falcons

NAB AFL Draft Combine

NAB AFL Draft Combine

The NAB AFL Draft Combine takes place in the week immediately following the Toyota AFL Grand Final. Together with a series of interviews, health testing and media engagements, the NAB AFL Draft Combine participants undertake a combination of physical, mental and skills testing.

NAB Championships & Academy

NAB AFL Under 16s Championships

The NAB AFL Under 16 National Championships are the beginning of the NAB AFL Rising Stars program, where the best Aussie juniors compete for their state.

NAB AFL Under 18s Championships

The NAB AFL Under 18 Championships take place from May to June each year, and see the best young talent from across the country take to the field in state and territory teams.

NAB AFL National Academy

The NAB AFL Academy provides the best young football talent in the country with an opportunity to develop their leadership, personal and on-field skills in an accelerated 12 month program.

Important information

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