Forward-turned-defender Izzy Huntington has received a NAB AFLW Rising Star nomination, following her efforts in the Bulldogs’ backline against Fremantle on Sunday.

The 21-year-old managed 15 disposals and six marks in an impressive performance against the undefeated Dockers, and has averaged 13 disposals from her five matches this season.

She is also ranked equal-first in the competition for contested marks and second for intercept possessions.

A former No.1 draft pick, Huntington has faced several injury setbacks throughout both her teenage years and career as an AFLW footballer – including a broken leg and two ACL injuries.

Her string of four consecutive games this year is the most she has played at AFLW level.

Being under 21 years of age as of January 1, and having not been nominated previously, meant she was eligible to be nominated.

Huntington becomes the second Bulldog to be recognised this season, following 2019 No.1 draft pick Gabby Newton’s nomination in Round 4.

Each week, two AFLW players aged 21 and under will be nominated for the award, with the overall winner to be announced at the W Awards next month.

The 2020 NAB Rising Star will receive $20,000 from NAB, and a private banker to assist with securing their financial future.

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Burkey surprises Huntington

Take a look at the moment Nathan Burke made a call to Izzy Huntington to pass on some good news.

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