A Rising Star is born: Serong almost perfect, gun Sun runner-up

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Caleb Serong becomes the third Docker to win the NAB AFL Rising Star award
IT IS the wake-up call that Caleb Serong will remember forever.

On Wednesday morning at 8.30am the Fremantle youngster received a call from coach Justin Longmuir telling him he was this year's winner of the NAB AFL Rising Star.

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Since then it has been a whirlwind for Serong, who is back in Perth serving his quarantine period after the end of the Dockers' season, but he says he is humbled by the honour of becoming the club's third ever Rising Star. He was officially announced as its winner at Thursday's AFL Awards night.

"It's been pretty full on. I woke up yesterday morning to a phone call from 'JL' and I was like 'What's this going to be about? Am I in some strife or something?' He asked if I was by myself and told me I'd won the Rising Star," Serong told AFL.com.au.

"To be honest I was pretty rattled because I'd just woken up so I didn't know what to think, but it was a pretty cool phone call to wake up to."

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Serong claimed 48 out of a possible 50 votes to win the Ron Evans Medal ahead of Gold Coast's Noah Anderson (39 votes) and third-placed St Kilda forward Max King.

Suns forward Izak Rankine, Hawthorn defender Will Day, Brisbane backman Brandon Starcevich and Melbourne goalkicker Kysaiah Pickett were others to poll votes, with injured Suns midfielder Matt Rowell, who was the early favourite for the award before his shoulder surgery, not polling any votes.

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"It's a massive honour and it's extremely humbling. It's pretty special," Serong said.

"There's some guys from this year's nominees who are cracking players who are going to have amazing careers, so competing for those guys this…
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