ARCHIE Perkins has been rewarded for his starring performance in Essendon's win over Adelaide with the NAB AFL Rising Star nomination for round 17. 

Perkins showed his potential with three goals from 18 possessions and four marks as the Bombers crushed the Crows by 63 points. 

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Taken by Essendon with pick No.9 in last year's NAB AFL Draft, Perkins has played 14 games in his debut season.

He is the third Bomber to be nominated this season after Nik Cox (round 12) Harrison Jones (round 14).

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NAB AFL Rising Star: Archie Perkins lights up round 17

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“We’re pleased for Archie that his season to date has been recognised and his performance on Friday night was exciting to watch,” General manager of football Josh Mahoney said.

“Archie has been hungry to continually learn both his forward and midfield craft and we have been seeing improvement week on week since he made his debut in round three against St Kilda.

“We are excited by the chemistry our young players are building on the field and look forward to seeing their continual development in years to come.”