Kolodjashnij in Rising Star blind spot

GOLD COAST - AFL rising star Jaeger O'Meara is confident his teammate Kade Kolodjashnij's failure to secure a nomination for this year's prize will not distract the first-year player. 

Kade Kolodjashnij is having a strong year for the Gold Coast Suns, but to date has failed to  secure a nomination for this year's AFL Rising Star award.

Kade Kolodjashnij is having a strong year for the Gold Coast Suns, but to date has failed to secure a nomination for this year's AFL Rising Star award.

Kolodjashnij, taken from Launceston with pick 5 in  last year's draft, has made an instant impression at senior level. 

The Tasmanian is averaging 20 disposals in his six AFL appearances with a sky-high disposal efficiency of 78 per cent, the highest of any of this year's rising star contenders. 

Despite his good form, the AFL is yet to recognise him with a nomination for the award. 

The 18-year-old missed last week's 38-point win over St Kilda due to a knee complaint. 

O'Meara, who received his nomination in round 5 last year during his impressive debut campaign, says Kolodjashnij won't be fretting over the lack of recognition. 

``Kade's been playing some really consistent footy for us up until his little setback,'' O'Meara said. 

``I don't think he'll be worried about getting a rising star nomination. He's just focused on playing team footy at the moment. He's been doing that really well.'' 

O'Meara himself has put to bed concerns he would not be able to back up his first season by continuing where he left off for the ever-improving Suns. 

The 20-year-old has taken his streak of AFL starts to 30 after playing in all eight Suns matches this year, averaging 22.8 disposals and an impressive seven tackles per game. 

But he was playing down his performance when pressed to assess his year so far. 

``Personally I haven't been playing too badly,'' he said. 

``There's always things to improve on. As a team we've improved so I'm happy with the way we're going at the moment.'' 

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop