Nick Haynes

Through hard work and dedication, Nick has progressed from a talented junior to one of the premier defenders in the AFL.

Nick has played football at the highest level for eight years for the Greater Western Sydney Giants (GWS). Drafted at pick 7 in the national draft by the expansion club, one might think that all the success came easily for Nick.

Mount Erin
Alumni
2005 – 2010

AFL FOOTBALL

Two top-five finishes in the best and fairest, Victorian representative in the 2020 State of Origin game, 2019 All-Australian squad, 130 games, 2019 Grand Final appearance, the CV is filling up for Nick. Not bad for a kid who at 17 y.o. decided to go and play for the Frankston Bombers after not playing football for four years. After a string of good performances, Nick was invited to the Dandenong Stingrays in 2011. Later that year he was drafted in the first round. “I was shocked to go pick 7 in the draft considering my lackluster performances for Vic Country in the U18 Championship,” states Nick.

Pre-season training in Sydney followed shortly after. “My initial feeling was of anxiety,” Nick recalled. “The unknown of moving interstate, meeting a whole new bunch of people.” “Then to play at the highest level where I didn’t feel I belonged,” was a challenge Nick had to work his way through.

Work his way through it he did. Fast forward eight years, Nick’s initial fears have been quashed, with the number 19 being regarded as one of the best intercept defenders in the game.

Mount Erin

“Mount Erin was a very humble school.” “It was a school that encouraged you to follow your passion and gave you opportunities for this to happen,” Nick recalled.

Nick distinctly remembers a time where witches hats were used for goals before goal posts were erected on the oval. “Playing on the oval and attending classes enabled me to build some great relationships.” “Friends that I made in year 7 are still my best mates today!”

“School taught me that relationships, career happiness and loyalty are key, and are aspects I value today.”

“My advice for students is that if you apply yourself to everything you do, follow your passion, build relationships and be loyal, opportunities will arise for those who work hard to earn it.”

POST AFL FOOTBALL

“It is still an unknown for me.” “I have a passion in video editing and production.” Nick is completing the final stages of a documentary that details the growth of the GWS team from inception. He also is considering coaching or opening a café once his career is complete.

In the meantime, Nick will hopefully continue to showcase his wares on the field with the goal to hold the premiership cup in the forefront of his thinking.

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