THIS week will be one Jake Stringer remembers for the rest of his life.
The former Bendigo Pioneers star was named the AFL Rising Star for round 20 after a standout performance for the Western Bulldogs in Sunday's win over St Kilda.
More significantly, the 20-year-old and his partner, former Eaglehawk netballer Abby Gilmore, will become parents for the first time this week.
"It's been a bit full-on the last couple of weeks," Stringer told afl.com.au.
"Hopefully, the baby comes this week and I can just worry about playing footy on the weekend."
Impending fatherhood didn't distract Stringer against the Saints on Sunday.
He bagged four goals, including a goal of the year nomination when he took on three St Kilda defenders and dribbled through a snap.
Stringer has kicked 10 goals in his past three matches.
"It's nice to get some recognition over the last couple of weeks," Stringer said.
"It's always nice to get individual accolades, but it's mainly more about the team and getting a win every weekend.
"It was just good to hit the scoreboard when we needed to and it's even better to have done it against St Kilda, who were playing for a champion of their club (Lenny Hayes)."
Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney was full of praise for Stringer after Sunday's win.
"He's turning into a really good young player which we thought we had,'' McCartney said.
"Now we just keep moulding him and getting him going up the levels.
"He had a really good first three quarters today."
Stringer is the third Western Bulldogs player behind Marcus Bontempelli and Nathan Hrovat to earn a rising star nomination in 2014.
Stringer was selected by the Bulldogs with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 national draft.
He’s kicked 32 goals in his 25 career games.