Adelaide's Talia gets Rising Star
Adelaide defender Daniel Talia has received the AFL's Rising Star nomination for his performance in the Crows' round-12 win over St Kilda on Friday night.
Talia, who has played every game for Adelaide this year after playing the final nine last season, has been rewarded for consistent defensive efforts.
He was snared by the Crows with their first round pick at the 2009 AFL Draft - No.13 overall.
Talia admits the departures of Nathan Bock (Gold Coast) and Phil Davis (GWS) helped fast-track his own development.
"When I first got to the club, there were a lot of really talented backmen like Phil and Nathan as well as 'Truck' (Ben Rutten) and Scott Stevens. I was wondering how I'd ever get into this side - I'm that far back," Talia said.
"Things worked out well for me, not that we wanted to lose Phil and Nathan or have Scott retire, but that all happened pretty quickly and I suppose I was forced to play really early because the spot was open.
"I took that opportunity with both hands and I still want to consolidate my spot back there and I'm grateful I've got the opportunity now."