Congratulations to Jackson Barling, who is this week’s AFL Sydney Rising Star nomination. After a strong Academy Series, Jackson has settled well into North Shore and impressed in his Premier Division debut last Saturday.

Jackson’s father Tim played for Richmond and the Swans, and young Jackson looks to have a bright footballing future in front of him.

Thanks to AFL Sydney, here’s some more on our latest Rising Star.

Name: Jackson Barling

Nickname: Jacko

AFL Sydney Club: North Shore Bombers

Position: Inside Mid/Half Forward

Junior Club: Willoughby wildcats

Favourite activity to do outside of football: Playing other sports with mates.

What is one thing that we don’t know about this Rising Star that they are well known for around the club? I’m always around Gore Hill.

What role do they play for the club both on and off the field? Young player who is being immersed in the club and carrying on the culture of North Shore.

The night before the game what will they most likely be doing? Eating pasta on the couch with the footy on.

Do they have any pre-game superstitions? Long warm ups are key.

Reason for nomination this round:

“Jacko was our best on ground in a good game against Sydney University. Playing his first premier division game for 2019 and after a strong academy series with the Swans, Jacko had an excellent four quarter game.”

Coach quote on Performance:

“Mixing his year 12 studies with his football aspirations there is a lot happening for Jacko this year. On Saturday, joining our team for his first hit out this year, Jacko put on a dominant display – winning inside ball, making good decisions and had nice skill execution. Now off for Allies commitments Jacko leaves in good form and should be confident about playing well for the Allies. We can’t wait to have him back for the back end of the year. Well done on a great game Jacko.”