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By Peter Argent

It is now five wins in five years for the Central District Football Club with this award, as NSW recruit Chris Jansen has collected the SANFL’s 2015 top rookie award.
A key member of the Bulldogs midfield this year, Jansen was nominated for the Powerade Star Search Award after his impressive performance against Sturt in Round seven.
In his 14 games before his knee injuries, Jansen collected 365 disposals, averaging 26.1 per game.
Jansen confirmed he has loved his time at the Ponderosa.
“This year at central District have been awesome,” Jansen said.
“I owe my development to the coaching and conditioning staff at the club, along with CEO Kris Grant
“I initially made contact with Jeff Brown and then the meetings with Roy (Laird) and Granty progressed from there, after I sent a couple of tapes over.
“In a little way his award is a bit of justification for making the commitment to come to Adelaide
“Naturally I still have a dream of playing AFL football, but if this doesn’t happen I keen to don the jumper for the Bulldogs again next year.”
Jansen works with the Zorich Group along with studying for a Batchelor of Applied Science degree in human movement currently.
He started his season football in the NEAFL at the Belconnen Magpies as a 16-year-old under Glenelg coach Matt Lokan and was a consistent senior player for the past two seasons.
Jansen is also an elite junior cricketer before football became his number one priority.
“I loved my cricket,” Jansen smiled.
“There was a couple of years of underage championships for the ACT.   
“Back at home I played for the Ginninderra Cricket Club and would keep for 50 overs in the morning and another 80 in the afternoon.” 
Senior coach Roy Laird has been impressed with Jansen’s commitment to his task of becoming an elite footballer at the Bulldogs. 
“He’s a super lad, and very popular within the group,” Laird continued.
“Chris has real ambition and drive to succeed. 
“He had a slow start to the year, playing on a wing and down black, but once he was moved onto the ball, he had strong presence in each match.
“Prominent in all game he played from this time, he amassed lot of possessions and used the ball well.” 
If Central District can defeat the Magpies on Sunday, Jansen explained he’ll be back training with the squad next week and putting his hand up to play. 
Winning the Powerade Star Search Award, the 20-year-old receives a cheque for $2,000 courtesy of Coca-Cola.
Jansen follows fellow Bulldogs, Jarrod Schiller (2011), Paul Marschall (2012), Josh Glenn (2013) and Travis Schiller (2014) in winning this award.
Introduced back in 2007, the Powerade Star Search Award recognises the SANFL’s most outstanding emerging talent, with one player nominated each round throughout the home-and-away season.

 Pictures by Peter Argent #anotherargentimage

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