Written by AFL Online on 19th Aug 2008
Melbourne young gun Cale Morton takes out this weeks Rising Star nomination after managing a career high 30 disposals in the Demons win against West Coast on Saturday.
At just 18 years of age Cale has been a shining light for Melbourne in what has been a disappointing season for the club in its 150th year. Averaging over 18 disposals per game in his debut year his nomination is well deserved.
Cale Morton is the youngest of three brothers who all play football at the highest level. The eldest of them, Mitch, plays for Richmond. Meanwhile Jarryd plays for Hawthorn and also managed to win his own Rising Star nomination earlier this year.
Melbourne coach Dean Bailey believes Cale has been unlucky to not gain a nomination earlier in the year after being so consistent.
“Cale’s been very good for the whole year,” he said. “He’s a class act and a great kid and we’re lucky he’s in a Melbourne jumper.
“He’s going to be a 10-year player and he’s been very, very good for us.”
Morton joins his brother Jarryd (Hawthorn), Bachar Houli (Essendon), Josh Hill (Western Bulldogs), Rhys Palmer (Fremantle), Kieren Jack (Sydney), Ben McKinley (West Coast), Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn), Austin Wonaeamirri (Melbourne), Kurt Tippett (Adelaide), Garrick Ibbotson (Fremantle), Nathan Brown (Collingwood), Matthew Kreuzer (Carlton), Trent Cotchin (Richmond), Colin Garland (Melbourne), Jack Riewoldt (Richmond), Kyle Reimers (Essendon), Brett Ebert (West Coast), Gavin Urquhart (North Melbourne) and Shaun Grigg (Carlton) as contenders for this year’s prize.