At first glance, it would seem as though star junior footy player Nick Blakey has three fathers, something to which those of us who parentage has often been called into question can relate.
Nick’s dad Joh Blakey played for Fitzroy and North back in his day, so Nick could have opted to come into the league as a father – son pick, but he chose the Sydney Swans, for which he was eligible as an Academy player.
John Blakey is a long-tenured assistant with the Swans, so perhaps Nick can get a ride to work with his dad. Nick is also an avid Swans supporter and counts some of the young Swans as friends, so it would seem as though, for him, a childhood dream is coming true.
It would seem that there was some logic in Blakey the Younger’s decision as well, as starting a career with the Brisbane Lions or North Melbourne Kangaroos is a recipe for learning about hard times without the benefit of first learning about the good times.
With Sydney, the prospect of playing finals is relatively certain, while with the Lions or the Roos, it was anything but.
Nick Blakey may not see as much action, but players of team sports never fail to espouse the sentiment that they would rather see their side win over any individual accomplishments.
Nick has kicked 12 goals in two games in the under-18 Academy series. He would like to man a midfielder’s spot and recruiters are universally impressed by his ability to dispose of the footy with his non-dominant left foot.
The Kangaroos might find themselves on the outside looking in with another recruit, father-son prospect Bailey Scott. The son of Robert Scott has ins with North Melbourne and the Geelong Cats. He also has ties to the Gold Coast Suns through its Academy. He is also pointing toward the midfield position.