East Fremantle and Bullcreek-Leeming product Luke Jackson the latest WA Rising Star nominee

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Luke Jackson is the round seven AFL Rising Star nominee.
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Luke Jackson has become the third West Aussie in five weeks to earn an AFL Rising Star nomination.

The East Fremantle and Bullcreek-Leeming product was rewarded for his career-best performance in Melbourne’s victory over North Melbourne in Hobart on Sunday.

The 19-year-old ruck/forward amassed a career-high 22 possessions to go with seven hit-outs and a goal as the Demons continued their unbeaten start to the season.

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Jackson joins former Sharks teammate Chad Warner (Sydney) and ex-Subiaco and Hale School forward Mitch Georgiades (Port Adelaide) as nominees from WA this season.

The athletic 199cm big man became the highest ruckman picked in the national draft since his childhood idol and West Coast superstar Nic Naitanui when he was selected by Melbourne with the third pick in 2019.

A former Australian under-19s basketball representative, Jackson played six games in his debut season in the AFL and has so far added another seven this year.

Jackson has gone a long way to cementing his spot in the ladder-leaders’ side, averaging 15 possessions, 11 hit-outs and booting four goals.

He’s provided a handy back-up ruck option for captain Max Gawn as well as a competitive tall target up forward.

It was Jackson’s second Rising Star nomination, following up his efforts against the Western Bulldogs in round 10 last year.

He joins a rare club of two-time Rising Star nominees including Georgiades and retired West Coast premiership Mark LeCras.

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