AFL Rising Star betting is available soon after the National Draft each year. The award goes to the player adjudged the best young talent in the game. AFL Rising Star betting is available at many of the top online bookmakers in Australia, with these betting sites updating their markets throughout the season as a player is nominated each week. Our AFL Rising Star betting guide will run you through the various aspects: What is the Rising Star? How is the Rising Star awarded? And of course the latest odds for the 2023 AFL Rising Star Award.

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Top bookmakers with AFL Rising Star betting

Australia has some of the top online betting sites in world wagering available to punters, with their sports betting market among the most competitive. Most Australian bookmakers, unless they are catering to a niche such as esports or greyhound racing, will have AFL betting markets, with this domestic sport probably the no.1 game Down Under.

AFL betting sites will have extensive odds available to customers on the Rising Star and other important awards such as the league best-and-fairest award, the Brownlow Medal. Depending on which AFL Rising Star bookmaker you are betting with the depth in markets will vary. For instance, some betting sites may have only outright winner markets available on the Rising Star, while others will have markets around nominations.

Betting with Australian online bookmakers is a straight-forward process and it’s possible to begin doing it within a few minutes. AFL bookmakers that are legal will have licensing from a state gambling regulator in Australia and accreditation as a gambling partner of the AFL. This means things such as the bet types available surrounding the Rising Star will be approved by the AFL’s integrity unit.

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AFL Rising Star 2024 odds

AFL Rising Star odds are available with most Australian betting sites. The early favourite for 2024 is the No.1 draft pick from 2023, Harley Reid, who is expected to step straight into the midfield for the lowly West Coast Eagles.

What is the AFL Rising Star?

This annual award is presented to one of the best young players in the Australian Football League and has become highly valued thanks to the quality of the recipients.

From inaugural winner Nathan Buckley in 1993 to the likes of Sydney’s Adam Goodes, St Kilda’s Nick Riewoldt and Hawthorn’s Sam Mitchell, it has heralded in champions of the game. Indeed, four of the winners of this award, Buckley, Goodes, Ben Cousins and Sam Mitchell, have gone on to take the highest individual award in the game, the Brownlow medal.

It has been a popular addition to futures betting on the AFL season, with fans keen to back their judgement on which youngsters are about to burst on to the scene.

And, as our table below shows, unlike the Brownlow Medal, this award is not all about the midfielders, though they have still taken most honours.

How the Rising Star Award winner is decided

Unlike the Brownlow Medal, which is decided by voting from the umpires, the result of the Rising Star is decided by a panel of nine AFL experts (well, administrators and former players anyway).To qualify for the Rising Star Award a player must be:

After each round of AFL action, one youngster from across the league is nominated for the award. A player who has been suspended during the season can be nominated but is ineligible to win the overall award.

Come the end of the season, the nine-person panel of experts will award their votes on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis for their top five picks from the pool of nominees.

The player with the most votes after this process is the winner and joins a list of past and future legends of the game.

Rising Star Award winners plus position played

Our AFL Rising Star Award winners list features all past winners of the best young player gong, including the team they played for at the time of their win, their position, total games played and goals scored. Our AFL betting tips page often has insight into the current season and the potential winners of the Rising Star award.

YearWinner TeamPositionTotal gamesTotal goals
2023Harry SheezelNorth MelbourneDefender/mid23*3
2022Nick DaicosCollingwoodDefender/mid47*26
2021Luke JacksonMelbourneRuck/forward74*52
2020Caleb SerongFremantleMidfielder80*19
2019Sam WalshCarltonMidfielder98*37
2018Jaidyn StephensonCollingwoodForward/mid110*122
2017Andrew McGrathEssendonDefender/mid133*19
2016Callum MillsSydneyDefender154*26
2015Jesse HoganMelbourneKey forward140*274
2014Lewis TaylorBrisbaneMidfielder12494
2013Jaeger O’MearaGold CoastMidfielder164*77
2012Daniel TaliaAdelaideKey defender2006
2011Dyson HeppellEssendonMidfielder235*67
2010Daniel HanneberySydneyMidfielder224100
2009Daniel RichBrisbane LionsMidfielder265116
2008Rhys PalmerFremantleMidfielder12395
2007Joel SelwoodGeelongMidfielder355175
2006Danyle PearcePort AdelaideMidfielder258127
2005Brett DeledioRichmondUtility275197
2004Jared RiversMelbourneDefender19418
2003Sam MitchellHawthornMidfielder32971
2002Nick RiewoldtSt KildaKey forward336718
2001Justin KoschitzkeSt KildaRuck/forward200247
2000Paul HaslebyFremantleMidfielder208131
1999Adam GoodesSydneyUtility372464
1998Byron PickettNorth MelbourneMidfielder/defender204177
1997Michael WilsonPort AdelaideMidfielder/defender19251
1996Ben CousinsWest CoastMidfielder270217
1995Nick HollandHawthornKey position179239
1994Chris ScottBrisbane BearsDefender21579
1993Nathan BuckleyBrisbane BearsMidfielder280284

* Active players at start of 2023 season; stats before 2023 season