Former Kangaroo bags Rising Star award in Sydney
LOCAL AFL star Levi Sands is crafting a career in Sydney after landing the prestigious AFL Sydney Rising Star Award at the recent Phelan Medal Night, Sydney's equivalent of the Brownlow Medal.
It has been a stellar rise for the former North Coffs Kangaroos player who has had stints on the Gold Coast and now Western Suburbs.
Levi said his award was attributed to his team mates who have helped him get this far.
"Winning the award was so unexpected," Levi said.
"The support over the year has been amazing and I'm just privileged to work with a great team.
"Western Suburbs only won three games last year, so to just miss out on a finals place this year was a massive step up. The performances were great and this year it clicked into place."
The future for Levi remains unclear, as his move to Port Macquarie next year might make things difficult for team commitments back in Sydney.
With the coach wanting him back after this year's powerful performances, Sands will know that he is in the right place when it comes to getting his foot in the door.
"The coach knows the people at the Swans, so all I'm going to be doing is putting in the best I can for the team next year and hopefully work towards getting a Swans spot in the future," the 20-year-old said.
"I've already played for the Swans reserve team, but who knows. The name of the game is all about who you know and having the right contacts."