Oakleigh Chargers midfielder and potential father-son pick for the Pies Nick Daicos has been touted as the potential No. 1 pick next year, reports the Herald Sun,
Brother Josh Daicos is out of contract at the end of the 2020 season, but has been impressive since the restart of the season, highlighted by a 24 possession performance in the draw against Richmond in Round 2.
The Pies will have to wait another year for the emergence of Nick, but being taller than his brother Josh and holding his own alongside Matt Rowell last year for Carey Grammar despite being two years younger, there’s a lot to be excited about.
“He is as good a junior as I have seen play the game”, Pies recruiter Matt Rendell said about Daicos on SEN.
Meanwhile, another figure within the AFL works said of Daicos: “He is a freak”.
This year’s draft looks set to provide teams with a number of options at multiple positions that could come in and contribute, but it’s the 2021 draft that is being labelled as the next super draft.
During an academy style skills session at the Connors Sports camp on Thursday, 2020 and 2021 draft hopefuls were put through their paces involving skills and football craft, giving AFL club recruiters a decent chance to see what is coming through.
After 2021, the Pies will likely have a pair of brothers that were picked up as father-son recruits, with Callum and Tyler Brown already at the club and soon to be Josh and Nick Daicos.
Matt Rendell recently left the Pies as a result of the COVID-19 season suspension, but believes Nick Daicos could be a great talent going forward.
“He is as good a junior as I have seen play the game,” Rendell said during the week.
“He is right up there, he played with Rowell and (Noah) Anderson for Carey and more than held his own and that’s two years younger than them, he is a really good player.
“He is taller and can mark the ball and seems to play more midfield, he is taller than Josh.
“So I would say right here right now he goes number one but it’s a cracking top 10 next year.
“If he’s not in the top three I will give the game away, it’s something for the Collingwood people to look forward to. Someone will bid in the top five and (the Pies) know that. You can’t hide him away, he’s too good a player.”