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Matthew Nicks, Senior Assistant


Drafted from West Adelaide in the 1994 National Draft, Nicks played 175 games over a 10-year career with the Sydney Swans. 

After the end of his career, Nicks coached the University of New South Wales senior team in 2007 and 2008 before returning to South Australia where he coached the Scotch College First XVIII. 

From there Nicks joined the Port Adelaide coaching panel as a development coach and eventually succeeded Brad Gotch as the club's head of defence.

Nicks has slowly honed the Power's defensive group into one of the league's most effective, but has also worked hard with the club's players to help breed a new culture in the playing rooms.

Regarded as one of the top up-and-coming assistants in the league, Port Adelaide enlisted Nicks to serve as acting senior coach for the club's first two NAB Challenge games of 2015. 

He was selected to become one of the inaugural participants in the AFL's Level Four Coaching program in March 2015, designed to prepare aspirational assistants for the rigours of senior coaching in the AFL.

In 2017, Nicks was elevated to Port Adelaide's senior assistant under Ken Hinkley.

at a glance

Coaching Career

2017-current Port Adelaide Football Club senior assistant
Port Adelaide Football Club assistant forward coach
2013-2015 Port Adelaide Football Club assistant defence coach
2011-2012 Port Adelaide Football Club development coach

Playing Career

Club: Sydney (1996-2005) 175 games, 120 goals

Debut: Rd 3, 1996 vs Collingwood

Brownlow Votes: 31

Sydney Swans, Rising Star (1996)
Sydney Swans, Most Improved (1998)