Swan Districts coach Greg Harding welcomes back ruckman Jake Nuich after testicular cancer scare

Jake Nuich. Picture: Showcase Photographix
Jake Nuich. Picture: Showcase Photographix

SWAN Districts coach Greg Harding has welcomed young ruckman-forward Jake Nuich back for his first game for the club since overcoming a testicular cancer scare.

“We are all stoked for a young man who is much loved in the playing group,” Harding said in his club blog.

“After some serious surgery and a bout of chemotherapy, Jake has recovered quicker than usual and has completed three weeks of really strong training. He will step out at reserves level this week and it won’t be long until we see him out at league level, I’m sure.”

Nuich said “the boys all welcomed me back” when he returned to training.

The last time the 17-gamer played senior football was in Swans’ single win so far this season – by a goal against Claremont – on April 10.

He waited until after that game and an appointment with an urologist to visit Harding with the news of his testicular cancer.

“He then told all the boys,” Nuich said.

Nuich is in his fourth year as an apprentice electrician and during summer helps his father Peter pick seedless table grapes on the family property in West Swan.

He played junior football for Upper Swan before representing La Salle College and Swan Athletic.