SUNS midfielder Noah Anderson has been crowned the 2021 AFL Coaches Association Best Young Player after a fantastic second season of AFL football.

Anderson shares the award with Fremantle’s Caleb Serong, which recognises the player who deserves acknowledgement based on their performances in their first two seasons of football.

The award is determined by the weekly votes of all AFL coaches, with the likes of Chris Judd, Scott Pendlebury, Joel Selwood, Cyril Rioli and Nat Fyfe some of the previous winners of the award.

Fellow second-year midfielder Matt Rowell finished third in the overall voting.

2021 has been a breakout year for Anderson as he continues to put his name in lights.

After finishing second in the NAB Rising Star award last year, Anderson has gone from strength to strength.

Playing in 20 matches this season, Anderson has been one of the SUNS most consistent contributors, averaging 22.7 disposals, 4.2 clearances, 4.2 marks and 8.9 contested possessions per game.

Anderson is just one of many young, rising SUNS making an impact on gameday and will look to continue to impress in the 2022 season.