MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 11: Callum Mills of the Swans handballs whilst being tackled by Nick Graham of the Blues during the NAB Challenge AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on March 11, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Callum Mills wins 2016 rising star award

Sydney’s Callum Mills has won the 2016 rising star award.

Mills played 20 games this season, averaging 19. 4 disposals.

He is the third Sydney player after Adam Goodes (1999) and Dan Hannebery (2010) to take out the award.

The 19-year-old is the first player to be nominated after Round 14 and win the award.

Mills was the No.3 pick in the 2015 National Draft after being recruited from the Sydney Swans’ academy.

Final leader board:

  1. Callum Mills (Sydney) – 49 votes
  2. Caleb Daniel (Western Bulldogs) – 41 votes
  3. Jacob Wetiering (Carlton) – 26 votes
  4. Darcy Parish (Essendon) – 19 votes
  5. Darcy Moore (Collingwood) – 9 votes
  6. Christian Petracca (Melbourne) – 2 votes
  7. Jade Gresham (St Kilda) – 2 votes
  8. Claton Oliver (Melbourne) – 1 vote
  9. Lachie Weller (Fremantle) – 1 vote


  1. What a joke. How weitering didn’t win is a joke. To be one of the best players in your team in your first year at the club and not win in just crap. Weather the team is struggling or not. He has played on the forwards all year and done an amazing job

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