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Cuningham a Rising Star nominee

Cuningham on nomination and win David Cuningham spoke to the media at Ikon Park today after his Round 12 nomination for the Rising Star award.

Carlton youngster David Cuningham has been named the Round 12 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee.

The speedy midfielder was rewarded for his role in the Blues' thrilling one-point win over GWS at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

In just his sixth senior game, the 20-year-old impressed in a winning side, gathering 19 possessions and kicking two goals.

Watch the best moments of Cuningham's Rising Star performance

He becomes Carlton's third Rising Star nominee this season, joining teammates Caleb Marchbank and Samo Petrevksi-Seton.

Cuningham played TAC Cup football with the Oakleigh Chargers where he proved to be a good decision-maker, strong in the air and possessed a strong ability to weave through traffic and break the lines. Known for his all-round athleticism, the midfielder represented Victoria Metro in the 2015 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.

Since overcoming a hip injury earlier last year, the youngster has continued to impress. After showing consistent form in the VFL, Cuningham made his AFL debut for the Blues in Round 21 last season against Brisbane.

The 183cm midfielder was Carlton’s second selection and 23 overall in the 2015 NAB AFL National Draft.

Cuningham played his junior football with the Canterbury Football Club in the Yarra Junior Football League.

Following each round of the home-and-away season, a panel of judges selects a NAB AFL Rising Star nominee. At the completion of the season, one of these nominees will be chosen as the 2017 NAB AFL Rising Star.  

The 2017 NAB AFL Rising Star winner will be awarded the Ron Evans Medal, a $20,000 personal investment folio and a dedicated personal banker, courtesy of NAB.