Former Northern Knights forward Jason Castagna is the Round 19 nomination for the NAB AFL Rising Star award.
The 21-year-old recorded 16 disposals, six marks and three goals in Richmond’s 33-point win against Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.
181cm Castagna was selected by the Tigers with pick no.29 in the 2014 NAB AFL Rookie Draft and has played 23 games since making his AFL debut in Round 6 last year. He has played all 18 matches in 2017, averaging 12 disposals and three tackles per game as well as kicking 23 goals.
The Warrandyte (Yarra Junior FL) product played 19 TAC Cup games for the Knights in 2013-14.
Castagna is the 13th former TAC Cup player to be nominated for the Rising Star award in 2017 after Essendon’s Andrew McGrath (ex-Sandringham Dragons), Carlton’s Caleb Marchbank (Murray Bushrangers), GWS’ Tim Taranto (Sandringham), Collingwood’s Tom Phillips (Oakleigh Chargers), Richmond’s Dan Butler (GWV Rebels), Carlton’s David Cuningham (Oakleigh), Carlton’s Jack Silvagni (Oakleigh), Brisbane’s Hugh McCluggage (GWV), Hawthorn’s Blake Hardwick (Eastern Ranges), Carlton’s Charlie Curnow (Geelong Falcons), Brisbane’s Alex Witherden (Geelong) and Sydney’s Lewis Melican (Geelong).