Player Watch #22 Nick Blakey

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Kennedy Parker

Jul 9, 2015
AFL Club
Other Teams
Sydney Sixers, Gold City Royals

Nick Blakey
Nick Blakey is a prodigious talent with a laser-sharp left boot, an outstanding overhead ability and searing pace. The QBE Sydney Swans Academy product booted 21 goals in 19 games in a brilliant debut season en route to winning the club’s 2019 Rising Star award, and while he added a lively element to the forward line last year, he’s likely to play on a wing or in the midfield in 2020. Nick is the son of former Fitzroy and North Melbourne champion John Blakey, who’s had a variety of roles on the Swans’ coaching panel since 2006.

Nick Blakey
DOB: 27 February 2000
DEBUT: 2019
DRAFT: #10, 2018 National Draft
RECRUITED FROM: University Of NSW-Eastern Suburbs (NSW)



Club Legend
Jun 9, 2016
AFL Club
I've been rewatching some our fromast season and it's remarkable how reinvigorated Blakey was from the move back. He's still a real boom and bust player and made quite a few loose kicks that were intercepted, or tried to run when he couldn't. But it's absolutely worth it because he made some loose kicks that were absolutely pin point and opened the game up or ran through tackles at times as well.

I still don't fully believe he will settle at half back, but he should play there for at least 50 games before we try to move him to the wing etc again.

He is KPP sized but I wonder if he will ever take that sort of role. Doesn't seem entirely suited to it tbh.


Sep 5, 2016
AFL Club
Does anyone have the inside goss on how his recovery is going ? Really really really hoping he loses none of his electrifying pace or confidence next year. A crucial cog in the swans machine.
This was on the 28 Oct
Nick Blakey
Nick is now eight weeks post-surgery and he has been reviewed by the surgeon who is happy with his progress. He is in the gym doing weights and some balance exercises and will commence running at 10 weeks after his operation.
The focus with him is not necessarily based on how quickly we can get him back to running, but rather making sure that when he does return to running that he has got good strength, balance and range of motion to help avoid any deficits he may have that when he gets back into training.

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