By NEAFL MEDIA
Canberra midfielder Jarrod Osborne’s breakout performance against Redland on Saturday has been rewarded with the Round 15 Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nomination.
Osborne becomes the fifth nominee from the club this season after a best-on-ground effort on Saturday, collecting 24 disposals, 10 tackles, one goal and nine NEAFL MVP votes in the Demons’ 40-point victory.
A former Sydney Swans Academy member for nine years since under-11 level, Osborne joined Canberra this season where he has been one of a number of fresh faces to make their mark on the NEAFL.
A left-footed midfielder who moves the ball well, Osborne made his NEAFL debut for Sydney in 2016 won the MVP Award for Sydney in last year’s Under-18 Academy Series.
After taking some time to find his feet with his new club, Osborne hopes to carry his good form in to the rest of the season as the Demons eye a maiden finals berth.
“The (Swans) academy certainly set up the foundations for me and since coming to Canberra, the biggest thing has been settling in to a new environment and senior football,” he said.
“That was definitely the best NEAFL game I have played on the weekend. It gives me huge confidence going forward, especially leading in to the back end of the year.
“Hopefully I can produce similar games and have that kind of influence on the team.”
Osborne joins teammates Mitch Maguire, Mitch Hardie, Angus Baker and Alex Paech as Canberra’s nominees for the award this year.
The Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star is awarded to the most promising young talent in the NEAFL competition.
Nominees must be under the age of 21 and played less than 20 senior games (excluding games as AFL Academy players) at the start of the 2018 season.