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Nicholls' bid for late-season return

Ruckman Tom Nicholls is making a desperate bid to overcome a long-term knee injury to be available for the SUNS' final two matches of the season.

10:13pm  Aug 13, 2014

Nicholls extends contract with GC SUNS

The Gold Coast SUNS have re-signed 22-year-old ruckman Tom Nicholls, extending his contract until the end of 2016.

8:47pm  Aug 12, 2014

Tom Tom to drum back bigger and better

Gold Coast is confident Tom Nicholls will bounce back from his posterior cruciate ligament injury.

4:49pm  May 13, 2014

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10:21pm  Aug 13, 2014

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Tom
Nicholls

Height
201 cm
DOB
04-03-1992
Weight
98 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2014
6
Career
15
Goals
2014
0
Career
2
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
360
Avg
60
TomNicholls

Player Bio

At A Glance

Player Honours: NAB AFL Rising Star award nominee 2013.
Brownlow Medal: 2013 votes 1; career votes 1.
Draft History: 2010 17-year-old access selection (Gold Coast)

A tall, athletic ruckman, Nicholls was given a chance in 2013 and grabbed it with both hands.

With Zac Smith’s season-ending knee injury and Charlie Dixon’s ongoing ankle problems, Nicholls was thrust into the No. 1 ruckman’s role in round 10 against Geelong.

He played eight games, averaged 13 disposals and 23 hit-outs and won a Rising Star nomination with his combination of silky tap-work and athleticism around the ground.

Of Fijian heritage, Nicholls’ development was so good he is a genuine chance to retain the top ruck job even when the entire list is healthy.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 6
    • Kicks 3.7
    • Handballs 7.2
    • Disposals 10.8
    • Marks 1.5
    • Hit-Outs 21.3
    • Tackles 3.7
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 60.0

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 7 Fremantle Rd 2
Handballs 10 Richmond Rd 1
Disposals 14 Fremantle Rd 2
Marks 3 Hawthorn Rd 4
Hit-outs 32 Brisbane Lions Rd 3
Tackles 6 Melbourne Rd 5
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 75 Melbourne Rd 5

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Richmond W 87 - 69 1 10 11 1 24 0 3 2 0 0 49
2 Fremantle L 87 - 39 7 7 14 2 10 1 1 6 0 0 73
3 Brisbane Lions W 114 - 61 4 6 10 1 32 1 3 4 0 0 67
4 Hawthorn L 49 - 148 4 8 12 3 23 1 3 2 0 0 60
5 Melbourne W 78 - 86 5 5 10 2 28 1 3 6 0 0 75
6 GWS Giants W 134 - 94 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 North Melbourne W 77 - 120 1 7 8 0 11 0 0 2 0 0 36
9 St Kilda W 87 - 125 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Western Bulldogs W 119 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Adelaide Crows L 109 - 77 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Sydney Swans L 74 - 109 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 West Coast Eagles L 103 - 100 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Geelong Cats W 118 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Hawthorn L 116 - 63 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Collingwood W 80 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Western Bulldogs L 94 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Brisbane Lions L 110 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 St Kilda W 117 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Carlton L 97 - 58 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Port Adelaide L 47 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Essendon L 108 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 West Coast Eagles L 99 - 151 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 10 - L: 12 22 43 65 9 128 4 13 22 0 0 360

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 15
    • Kicks 3.6
    • Handballs 8.4
    • Disposals 12.0
    • Marks 2.0
    • Hit-Outs 21.7
    • Tackles 4.3
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 69.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 8 Richmond Rd 16, 2013
Handballs 15 Adelaide Crows Rd 14, 2013
Disposals 18 Richmond Rd 16, 2013
Marks 6 Richmond Rd 16, 2013
Hit-outs 33 Collingwood Rd 17, 2013
Tackles 10 North Melbourne Rd 11, 2013
Goals 2 Essendon Rd 12, 2013
AFL Fantasy 113 North Melbourne Rd 11, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Gold Coast Suns 22 43 65 9 128 4 13 22 0 0 360
2013 Gold Coast Suns 30 74 104 19 187 8 8 40 2 1 639
2012 Gold Coast Suns 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 Gold Coast Suns 2 9 11 2 10 2 2 2 0 1 45

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