TALENTED Myrtleford ace Mitch Dalbosco has earned the latest SS&A Rising Star nomination.
Dalbosco, 19, has been a revelation for the Saints in his first full season and been touted as a future captain by co-coach Brad Murray.
The former Murray Bushranger, who played a handful of senior games last year, has been used across half-back and more recently through the midfield.
“I’m loving it,” Dalbosco said.
“It’s been really good and the coaches have been really supportive.
“I wanted to try and step up and show some leadership.”
According to Murray, Dalbosco has done exactly that.
“I can’t speak highly enough of him,” Murray said.
“He’d be in the top couple of our best and fairest right now.
“He’s shown all the signs that he’ll be a good player at this level and is someone who could be a future captain.”
The Bright product has provided the Saints with plenty of drive and gone head to head with stars like Craig Ednie, Matt Grossman and Ben Hollands in recent weeks.
“He’s always asking how he can get better,” Murray said.
“His attitude is great.
“He shows plenty of leadership for someone his age, too, and always says his two bobs worth after a game.”
Dalbosco is the third of five nominees for the league’s best young player award, with James Svarc (Corowa-Rutherglen) and Josh Minogue (North Albury) also in the running.
To be eligible, players have to have played at least five thirds games last season.