It's that time of year when things start to ramp up. The 2024 AFL season is getting closer and closer, and with that, plenty of eyes will be on the new recruits in the AFL.

Arguably the most talked about draftee in years, every AFL fan is eagerly awaiting Harley Reid's debut. The young star is already a household name and fans cannot wait.

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.


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.

West Coast Eagles player Harley Reid at pre-season training, 2023 (Image via West Coast FC)