Young Richmond defender Sydney Stack has been one of the best stories of 2019.
Overlooked in both the National Draft and the rookie draft, Stack appeared set to miss out on his AFL dream for at least another year.
The Tigers, however, threw him a lifeline in the supplementary selection period and he immediately repaid the faith.
He’s played nine games and every match since Round 3, averaging 17 disposals per game and six marks.
Stack has slotted straight into Richmond’s backline as a skilful rebounding defender who provides a tough edge.
He’s quickly become a cult hero at Tigerland, with his Round 6 performance against Melbourne a standout.
The 19-year-old took a hanger, kicked a barrel and laid out Melbourne skipper Jack Viney with an incredible bump.
The Western Australian product enjoyed his most prolific performance against North Melbourne last weekend, picking up a career-high 24 disposals.
At the halfway point of the year, he is one of the favourites for the MEGT Australia Rookie of the Year award.
He has five nominations so far, putting him in equal third place behind Sam Walsh and Bailey Smith and tied with Connor Rozee.