Nicoski revels in resurgence role

Nicoski, who attended Carine SHS and played for Carine Football Club in the latter half of his junior career, was picked number 25 in the 2003 rookie draft, kicking 61 goals for the club.

Nicoski, who played in the 2005 grand final, was hampered by injuries throughout a career that saw him start on the wing, move to the backline, then play a key role as a forward during the club’s resurgence in 2011, kicking 41 goals.

‘Being a part of our resurgence in 2011, being a part of that team and that structured forward line, and being able to impact and show quite a few critics that I was capable of that level, and that I wasn’t finished, was important.

‘Just being able to wear an Eagles jumper was something really important to me and something that I’ll never forget. It’s all I ever wanted to do, it’s all I ever dreamt of doing and I made sure I got myself there.’

The Eagles stalwart has now turned his mind to a career after football, citing the development, coaching and mentoring of junior and professional athletes as something he hopes to pursue.

‘The satisfaction of seeing them grow as a footballer and a person is something that I find very satisfying and I’m really excited about pursuing now that I’ve retired from playing.’

Nicoski said he would undergo surgery next week before flying to Asia for a short holiday.