Sydney University midfielder Callum McFadden has been recognised for his strong start to the NEAFL season with the Round 3 Rising Star nomination.

The former Sydney Swans Academy member has been named in the Students’ best in two out of three matches so far, including their 57-point victory over Redland at Henson Park on Saturday.

Following several years within the Swans Academy and NSW/ACT Rams programs, McFadden was played for the Swans in the NEAFL last year as part of the club’s newly-formed NEAFL Development Squad.

The Wollongong-based young gun played 15 matches for Sydney in 2016 before his season was cruelly cut short when he was struck down by glandular fever.

Now 20, McFadden has bounced back in style to play a key role for Sydney University in the early stages of 2017, where he hopes more success is ahead for the club.

“I made the choice to join Sydney University this year and I haven’t looked back,” he said.

“I’m loving playing there. I think we have a great team and hopefully we are set for a big year, and that’s what I’m focused on at the moment.”

The Rising Star is awarded to the most promising young talent in the NEAFL competition.

Nominees must be under the age of 21 and played less than 20 senior games (excluding games as AFL top-up players) at the start of the 2016 season.

Keep track of all of our 2017 Rising Star nominees here.



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