Will Hayward earns the final NAB AFL Rising Star nomination for 2017 in round 23.
"It feels good and it was pretty surprising, given I had three kicks this week, but it’s nice to receive the nomination," Hayward said.
"But it's not really about that for me, with obviously having a pretty slow start to the year, then to be where we are now. I definitely have moments where I pinch myself, especially considering the likes of the people I play with – we've got a team full of stars."
Swans teammate Tom Papley had earlier outed Hayward in a post-game interview as coach John Longmire's favourite player.
"I don't know where that started, but 'Pap' said it in a post-match interview and that blew it up a bit," Hayward said.
"(Our relationship) is pretty much the same as every other player."