George Wardlaw received the Round 2 nomination for AFL's Rising Star. (Photo: Feliks J Woltersdorf)

George Wardlaw received the Round 2 nomination for AFL's Rising Star. (Photo: Feliks J Woltersdorf)

North Melbourne's George Wardlaw reflects on a second consecutive Rising Star nomination, and looks forward to Good Friday's clash against Carlton.

For the second time in his career, North Melbourne midfielder George Wardlaw has been awarded with a Rising Star nomination following a dazzling performance against Fremantle in Round 2. 

In just his 10th AFL match, Wardlaw finished with 23 disposals, six score involvements, and capped off his afternoon with a goal. 

Despite playing 10 games with North Melbourne, the fourth overall pick of the 2022 AFL Draft has yet to taste victory. Although the future of the Kangaroos is bright, Wardlaw believes that looking to the present will give his team a better chance of achieving success. 

“Obviously it’s exciting to look to the future, but we do try to stay present as well,” Wardlaw said

“I think if we focus on the present, it will help us get to the future much quicker. It’s about improving every day and getting closer to winning each week.”

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Firming his status as one of the favourites to win the Rising Star award, the young midfielder has attributed his impressive start to the year from having an uninterrupted run this past off-season.

“I’m pretty proud of the pre-season that I’ve had,” Wardlaw said.

“Working with the conditioning and medical team across the off-season to get right for Round 1 and play as many games as possible this year. (Looking back) I’m pretty proud to start the season the way I’ve had and I think I can continue”. 

It has been a tough run to start the season for North Melbourne, and it doesn’t get any easier this week as they take on the Carlton Blues on Good Friday. However, Wardlaw is excited for the opportunity to play against an elite midfield and in a packed Marvel Stadium. 

“It’s a big game for the club and all my teammates and I are pretty excited to play on Friday”, he said.

“The game and the day is about a lot more than football…we are excited to play for the children.

“Obviously I haven’t played Carlton before, so I’m excited to see how they play, learn some things by looking at their vision, and getting in and amongst them”.

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