Darcy Wilson’s admirable debut season in the red, white and black has been recognised today with the 18 year-old receiving the Rising Star nomination for Round 6.

Despite Thursday night’s result, the six-game Saint’s performance showcased another strong link in a chain of impressive outings since making his debut against Geelong in Round 1.

The first-round draftee has stood out in his limited appearances for his remarkable aerobic capacity, covering extensive distances week after week, which although often unrewarded individually, have been greatly appreciated by his coaches and teammates.

Development Coach, Lenny Hayes delivered the news to Wilson after training this afternoon to the raptures of his teammates.


The former Murray Bushranger arrived at the club with a rich pre-existing football connection. His great-uncle, Des Cole, played for St Kilda during the 1950s, his uncle is Premiership Roo Mick Nolan, and his family is close with Premiership Saint and fellow Wangaratta local Bob Murray and his family to boot.

The No. 22 is St Kilda’s third Rising Star nominee in the past two seasons, following teammates Mitch Owens and Mattaes Phillipou last year.

Wilson is one of four debutants for the Saints this season following on from Lance Collard, Angus Hastie and Hugo Garcia.