Ex-AFL player Nick Davis is set to come out of retirement to play for the Sydney Roosters in the upcoming pre-season NRL Nines tournament.
Davis, 39, who is currently working with the Sydney Swans and also on Trent Robinson’s staff at the Roosters as a specialist coach, was reported as a marquee player for the Roosters in the upcoming tournament.
“Nick has been working with our outside backs here at the Roosters for a couple of years now so he knows our game and understands the way we play. He is a natural athlete with a will to win – and he loves a challenge, so we’re looking forward to seeing him switch his Swans Guernsey for a Roosters jersey at the NRL Nines,” Robinson said.
“With the Nines being played in Perth, and the Roosters also taking an NRL game to Perth later in the year, we thought that this was a great opportunity to introduce our club to a new audience.”
After 168 AFL games with Collingwood and Sydney, Davis retired in 2008 with 235 goals to his name and will arguably be most remembered not just for his goal kicking ability, but for his goal in the final seconds of Sydney’s 2005 semi-final against Geelong that led the Swans to the win and an eventual premiership in that same year.
Davis said that it was an easy decision to join the Roosters for the tournament after talks with Robinson about the possibility of it happening.
“Rugby league was one of the sports I played growing up, and I’ve always followed the game, so when I first had the chat with Trent about playing with the Roosters at the Nines, it was an easy yes straight away,” Davis said on Friday.
“I’m under no illusion about how tough it’s going to be, but I’ve been training for a few months now and I’m really looking forward to getting out there with the boys. I’ll definitely be giving it a red-hot crack.”
The NRL Nines will be played in Perth on February 14th and 15th.