Veteran defender announces NEAFL retirement

Veteran defender Nick Collins has announced his retirement from the NEAFL competition.

Defender Nick Collins has announced his NEAFL retirement. Photo: TJ Yelds/NEAFL

The 25-year-old played 120 NEAFL games between three clubs, the Belconnen Magpies, the Ainslie tricolours and more recently the Canberra Demons.

Collins made his NEAFL debut in Belconnen’s Round 1 clash with the Sydney Swans at the SCG as a skin-and-bone 18-year-old in 2011. Seven seasons later, Collins retires having become only the third Canberra Demons player to notch up 100 NEAFL appearances.

A Belconnen Magpies junior Collins joined former Canberra co-captain Jordan Harper in swapping Belconnen colours with Ainslie colours in 2015 in order to remain at NEAFL level.

Twelve months later, Collins then followed Harper in inking a deal with the newly formed Canberra Demons.

Having played 45 games for Canberra, Collins contribution to the club on and off the field will have an everlasting impact on the AFL Canberra community.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me over my NEAFL journey,” Collins said.

“To the clubs, volunteers, coaches and most importantly the players, you have all made my footballing career an amazing part of my life.”

“It’s now time for me to move on and explore new experiences in life.”

Everyone at the Canberra Demons would like to thank Nick for his contribution to our football club and wish him the very best in his future endeavours.

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