WA’s newest AFL Rising Star nominee is quick changing into an vital a part of the Brisbane Lions’ midfield.
Northam product and ex-Perth Demon Deven Robertson was rewarded for his greatest sport on the prime stage in Thursday night time’s huge win over Geelong on the Gabba with the round 15 nomination.
Known for his ball-winning potential throughout his junior days, which noticed him earn the Larke Medal because the nationwide under-18s carnival’s greatest participant, Robertson performed extra of a negating position in opposition to the Cats.
The 19-year-old began on Brownlow medallist Patrick Dangerfield earlier than transferring onto Joel Selwood.
He stored the Geelong skipper to 13 disposals whereas amassing 16 of his personal to go along with 20 stress acts, 5 rating involvements and 4 tackles.
Robertson, the Lions’ first decide and twenty second general within the 2019 nationwide draft, made his debut within the opening round of 2020 as a late inclusion in opposition to Hawthorn at an empty MCG.
But he was compelled to attend 376 days for his subsequent alternative, in round three in opposition to Collingwood, with accidents to a number of key midfielders opening the door.
The nephew of West Coast nice Darren Glass has performed 11 of a attainable 12 video games since, averaging 15 possessions, three marks and 5 tackles to cement his spot within the aspect.
Robertson was the heartache story of the primary night time of the 2019 nationwide draft, when he stunningly slipped out of the primary round regardless of main the Black Swans to a drought-breaking nationwide under-18s title.
It prompted Brisbane to finish a decide swap with Port Adelaide to stand up the draft board and snap up the hard-working teenager.
It’s a transfer that’s already paying off.
The former WA captain turns into the fifth West Aussie to earn a rising star nomination this season.
He follows within the footsteps of Sydney’s Chad Warner (round three), Port Adelaide’s Mitch Georgiades (round 5) and Melbourne pair Luke Jackson (round seven) and Trent Rivers (round 11).
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