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Q&A with Rising Star Kade Kolodjashnij

Gold Coast defender Kade Kolodjashnij was named the Rising Star nominee for Round 10, after racking up 21 possessions, four marks and two tackles in the Suns’ win over the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

The athletic Tasmanian, who was taken by the Suns with pick five in last year’s National Draft, has averaged 20 disposals and four marks in his seven matches so far this season. If you haven’t yet figured out how to pronounce his name, check out the explanation from Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna, below.

Kolodjashnij is elligible for this year’s 22under22 side. Will you be voting for him in the final team? Let us know in the comments box below!

Q&A with Kate Kolodjashnij

Which Club did you play for as a junior?

Prospect Hawks Junior Football Club

Who did you barrack for before you were drafted?


Who was your favourite player?

Grant Birchall

Do you have any hidden talents?

Can juggle

What do you most like to do away from football?


Greatest influence on your career to date?


Person you would most like to meet?

Alana Blanchard

Greatest non-football achievement?

Finishing grade 12

If I wasn’t a footballer, I’d be…

A tradie

I love football because…

It’s fun and challenging

Learn more about Kade Kolodjashnij and his twin brother Jake here.