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The Magpies father/son “as good a junior as I’ve seen”


Matt Rendell has identified a Collingwood father/son prospect as one of the very best junior players he has laid eyes on.

The Magpies’ assistant recruiting manager says Nick Daicos, the son of club legend Peter and brother of current Pie Josh, will potentially go at pick 1 in the 2021 draft and is a player the black and white faithful can certainly get excited about.

Rendell says Daicos Jnr ran around with Gold Coast Suns pair Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson in school footy and wasn’t too far off the elite juniors despite being a couple of years below the pair who went pick 1 and 2 respectively in 2019.

“Nick Daicos is father/son for Collingwood next year,” Rendell told Dwayne Russell on SEN’s Dwayne’s World.

“He’s as good a junior as I’ve seen play the game.”

Russell replied: “Hang on, so the younger son of the great Daicos is the best player you’ve seen come through?”

To which Rendell said: “He’s right up there.

“He played with Rowell and Anderson for Carey at school and more than held his own and that’s two years younger than them.

“He is a really good player. He is taller though, he can mark the ball and tends to play more midfield. He’s taller than his brother Josh.

“I would say right here, right now that he goes number one but it is a cracking top 10 next year in the 2021 (draft).

“I’d say number one but if he’s not in the top three I’ll give the game away. That’s something for the Collingwood people to look forward to.

“Look, Collingwood aren’t going to get away for having to pay a price for him. Someone will bid in the top five surely. They know that. You can’t hide him anywhere, he’s too good a player.”


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