24/04/2024

Following his Rising Star win last night, Collingwood young gun Nick Daicos has his sights now set on his first final. (Image: Collingwood FC/ Twitter)

Collingwood’s Nick Daicos has made a career first Grand Final his main priority following the team’s impressive run during the home and away season.

Speaking with media at Olympic Park Oval on Thursday morning, the nineteen year old was “humbled” after his big win during Wednesday night’s AFL Awards.

After a prodigious showing in his first season, he claimed the Rising Star award with perfect votes.

“Obviously, it’s a massive award for myself, the club and myself. I’m very proud,” Daicos said.

With the award in his name, his attention has now shifted to the bigger challenge of finals football, which the young Magpie says that he is ready for.

“Hopefully with finals we can win a couple and get through to the big one. I think that’s the aim at the moment,” Daicos said.

“There’s always going to be some nerves heading into your first final, but I’ve got great teammates and coaching staff around me. So I’m ready to go.”

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Daicos is enjoying an impressive run in his inaugural season campaign, which was capped off by both Rising Star and the Best First Year Player awards.

In the 22 games that he’s featured in, the young gun averaged 26 disposals, 14.3 kicks, 11.7 kicks, 3.9 marks, 2.0 tackles, and gained 409.1 meters per game.

He also featured in this year’s 22 under 22 team after he was voted in by fans.

When asked about whether being selected as first pick formed as a driving force to prove people wrong, Daicos said he was “grateful” about the journey he has had so far.

“I was still very grateful to be picked up at number four,” He confessed.

“For me, that’s not really sliding too much. I think pick four was a great effort for me and I was very proud.

“Just to get on a list for me was amazing, and I guess you’re always going to have a point to prove regardless of what happens, or what the scenario is. You just want to perform at your best.

“My main aim this year has been to prove to everybody I belong here.”

Looking to the future, Daicos suggested that he would remain a midfielder given that that’s where he played in his junior days. However, the young Magpie added that because of his versatility, he would be open to play in another position if that’s where he is needed.

Something more certain is his ambition to play in finals action, which he says is a “main aim” for him.

Week one of the finals series will see Collingwood play an in-form Geelong, which finished up the home and away season at the top of the ladder.

Daicos says that his side is well prepared should the game in yet another close finish.

“When the pressure comes, hopefully we rise,” he said.

“I think we’re really well prepared to attack Geelong in a fortnight’s time.”

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