Oliver Florent from the Sydney Swans is the Round 11 AFL Rising Star Nominee.
Florent, 19, proved damaging in setting up the Swans’ forwards as the midfielder gathered 20 disposals with an 85 per cent disposal efficiency in Sydney’s 30-point win over Carlton at the SCG on Friday night.
With impressive speed and ball skills, Florent was Sydney’s top selection in the 2016 NAB AFL Draft, selection 11 overall. He made his debut in Round One last year against Port Adelaide and had an immediate impact. He finished the 2017 season with nine matches.
Florent has found consistent form over the last four weeks averaging 21 possessions.
A talented junior tennis player, Florent began his football career at the Beaumaris Junior Football Club before he caught the eye of recruiters at the Sandringham Dragons where he averaged 21 disposals for the 2016 TAC Cup season.
With composure under pressure and elite balls skills Florent was a key player in the Dragons’ TAC Cup Premiership winning side and capped off the year winning the best and fairest medal for the NAB AFL Under-18 All Stars game.
Following each round of the Home and Away season, a panel of judges select a NAB AFL Rising Star nominee. At the completion of the season, one of these nominees will be chosen as the 2018 NAB AFL Rising Star.
The 2018 NAB AFL Rising Star winner will be awarded the Ron Evans Medal, a $20,000 personal investment folio and a dedicated personal banker, courtesy of NAB.