There was no shortage of suitors when young forward Rhys Pollock decided to leave the GWS Academy program at the end of last season.
However, an impressive presentation from Canberra swayed him to return to the club he first joined as a 17-year-old in 2017.
Pollock made his NEAFL debut for Canberra in 2017 but departed at the end of the season to focus on his commitments with the GWS GIANTS Academy program.
Now back at Canberra the 19-year-old says for the first time in senior football he is feeling "comfortable".
"I'm feeling far more comfortable in my second spell at the club, in previous years I was attached to the Giants Academy and was constantly moving between the Canberra and GWS programs, and not really getting comfortable at either club," Pollock said.
"This year it’s really good to belong to just one club and train with one group all year round."
So far in 2019, Pollock has been named in Canberra’s best three times from seven matches, averaging 12 disposals, 1.5 goals and 4.7 score involvements per game. He played an influential role in the Demons’ 28-point victory over the NT Thunder last weekend, finishing with 12 disposals, seven marks, four inside 50s and three goals to be named the NEAFL's Round 8 Rising Star nominee.
"It’s a great feeling to receive recognition through a rising star nomination cause I think it’s something that every young player in the competition sets as a goal and hopes to achieve, it also serves as a real confidence booster for me heading into the back end of the season."
Pollock joins Angus Baker and Connor Owen-Auburn as Canberra’s nominees for the Rising Star award this season.