GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JULY 28: Jack Henry of the Cats celebrates the win with fans during the round 19 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Brisbane Lions at GMHBA Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

SEN chief reporter Gerard Whateley believes Geelong youngster Jack Henry deserves to win this year's Rising Star award.

While many have tipped Collingwood's Jaidyn Stephenson or Adelaide's Tom Doedee, Whateley thinks Henry has been the most impressive first-year player.

“He’s going to end up winning the Rising Star, Jack Henry,” Whateley told the AFL Nation pregame show.

“It’s just coming into vogue I think if you’re watching carefully through these last few weeks.

“Stephenson was a tear-away, if you just look at some of (Henry’s) efforts on Friday night, he’s doing amazing things.”

Henry laid four tackles against Richmond on Friday night and put the reigning premiers' forward line under constant siege.

Former Saints skipper Danny Frawley said Henry's emergence has been monumental.

“He’s had an unbelievable year this lad,” he said.

The 19-year old has played 18 games for the Cats this season, ranking second in contested marks, one percenters and intercepts amongst rookies.