To recognise these new recruits, the Rising Star Award will be presented to the best young player in the 2024 season. With that being said, a player doesn't need to be in their first year of football. The player must simply be 21 years of age or under as of January 1 this year and have played a maximum of ten senior AFL games prior to the new season's commencement.
In this list of nine possible winners, four are brand-new AFL recruits, whilst the other five have been in the competition for at least a year.
Note: The players listed are in no particular order, simply the nine potential winners we've selected.
READ: FULL LIST OF 2024 RISING STAR ELIGIBLE PLAYERS
1. Harley Reid
What else needs to be said about this kid that hasn't been said before?
A clear favourite for the Rising Star, Harley Reid could genuinely be the next big thing. Whilst comparisons to Dustin Martin put a heap of pressure on the kid, his performances throughout his draft year at the junior level speak for themselves.
A star in the making prior to setting foot on the field, expect big things from Reid. Having been taken with the first pick by the struggling Eagles, Reid could be that shining light that the club has been so desperately looking for.