Geelong forward Steven Motlop has been rewarded for his outstanding start to the season with the Round 6 NAB AFL Rising Star nomination.
The 21-year-old has played every game so far this year, but it was his performance against Melbourne on Saturday that really caught the eye.
Motlop finished the game with a career-high 28 disposals, had seven inside 50s and also chimed in for a goal as he enjoyed an extended run through the midfield.
It has been a long journey for the youngster with injuries hampering his first three years at the club.
He hurt his shoulder in his debut against Hawthorn in 2010 and could only manage another four games the following year.
But he has successfully broken into the premiership side and Geelong coach Chris Scott is happy with the consistency he has shown so far this year.
"Steven has brought consistency and value to the team in the opening six rounds of the season," he said.
"We have been extremely impressed with his run which is vital to our side.
"He has been able to overcome injury and it is great to see him rewarded with this nomination."
Recruited from the Wanderers Football Club in Darwin with the Cats' third pick and No.39 overall in the 2008 AFL Draft, Motlop has played 11 games and looks set for a long career in the blue and white hoops.Motlop follows in the footsteps of his older brother Daniel, who picked up a nomination in Round 16 2003 when playing for North Melbourne.