Josh Rayner – Rising Star Nominee

Congratulations to Josh Rayner, who is this week’s AFL Sydney Rising Star nominee. Thanks to AFL Sydney, we can find out more about an outstanding up-and-coming talent.


Name:   Josh Rayner

Nickname:   Raynes

AFL Sydney Club:   North Shore Bombers

Position:   Centre Half Back or Centre Half Forward

Junior Club:  Willoughby Wildcats

Favourite activity to do outside of football:   Hanging out with mates.

What is one thing that we don’t know about this Rising Star that they are well known for around the club?   Having a big carb-loaded feed and watching the footy.

What role do they play for the club both on and off the field?  On the field he is a rock in defense. Off it he is one of the characters around the club.

The night before the game what will they most likely be doing?   Hydrating and watching Friday night footy.

Do they have any pre-game superstitions?   Will always have a bowl of Weetbix and coffee in the morning.

Reason for nomination this round: 

Josh played an exceptional game in the backline against Sydney University. With many of our senior back man unavailable Josh showed experience beyond his years to control the defensive unit. In a very tight contest Josh was pivotal to our victory.

Coach quote on Performance:

“You have to remind yourself sometimes Josh is still in the U’17 age group and at school. Since his debut this year in premier division Josh has played some great footy both up forward and down back. Having made the Allies squad this year and playing Swans Reserves we are really excited about the next 12 months of footy Josh. For now, we look forward to seeing what Josh can do for North Shore as we head towards finals”.