The NAB AFL Rising Star Award is the culmination of the pathways program rewarding outstanding young AFL talent.

Congratulations to the 2020 NAB AFL Rising Star Caleb Serong from the Fremantle Football Club

Beginning in 1993, one player is nominated after each round of the season for the NAB AFL Rising Star Award. At the conclusion of the season, an expert panel selects the winner in a vote, who receives a $20,000 investment portfolio from NAB. We also arrange a dedicated financial planner to assist with their wealth creation strategy.

NAB Club Recognition Award

Each week of the home and away season, a Club Recognition Award (CRA) is presented to the NAB Rising Star nominee's junior football club.

The NAB CRA provides financial and practical resources to the clubs to assist with the development of future champions. The NAB Club Recognition Award is to be awarded to the nominated junior clubs of each of the 23 nominees.

NAB provides the following to the nominated clubs:

  • $1,000 cash
  • 4 x Full Size Sherrin training footballs
  • 4 x Size 3 Sherrin training footballs
  • 2 x Sherrin mesh ball carry bags
  • 1 x Magnetic Coaches Board
  • 1 x Air Compressor
  • 1 x AFL Skills of the Game Book
  • 1 x AFL Style of Play DVD
  • 22 x NAB Sipper Bottles
  • Congratulatory Club Banner

Past Winners

The honour roll of the NAB AFL Rising Star award highlights the prestige of the award. Many previous winners have gone on to become Brownlow medallists, club captains, and highly successful footballers.





2020 Caleb Serong  FRE 48
2019 Sam Walsh CARL 54


Jaidyn Stephenson                      




Andrew McGrath




Callum Mills




Jesse Hogan




Lewis Taylor



Current Nominees

Find out who is in the running to be named this year's NAB AFL Rising Star.

Important information

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