Nicol at home in Perth and the Jacks

Nicol at home in Perth and the Jacks

Posted on November 8, 2016 in 'News'

The decision to leave the UK and head down under to live is never an easy one, but that’s what Jacks’ Scottish striker Daryl Nicol and his partner Alison made last season.

The striker has immigrated to Perth to set up a new life, and he said it was a big decision but one he’s real glad they made. “Me and Alison are absolutely loving it here in Perth and are well suited to this lifestyle,” he said. “We’ve been made to feel very welcome especially at ECU and are really grateful to the people who have went out of their way to help us settle.”

The inclusion of Nicol in the transfer window gave Dale McCulloch’s side a huge lift and the coach said the speedy Scotsman was outstanding. “Daryl came in and from the get go was top draw,” he said. “He’d just come off a fantastic season in Scotland and it showed, he was good on the training track and once he got used to the other players his performances gave us a lift and he was a big part of the clubs good run in the second half of the season.”

Nicol started really well and made his league debut off the bench at Armadale in round 13, before making his starting debut against Subiaco a week later and opened his account just before half time. His pace and guile was a huge part of the clubs good run in the second half of the season, and he said he was made really welcome by the  club. “It was a very exciting end to the season and after working so hard to get there, to fall at the final hurdle was extremely difficult to take but that unbeaten run will have given us a lot of confidence going into next season and the disappointment will make us even hungrier to go one better.”

The 26-year-old, who signed for the Jacks from Scottish Highland Premier League side Cove Rangers, said the level of football in the PS4NPLWA does compare to Scotland, but has some differences suits his game. “The standard is good, I like how most teams try to get the ball down and pass it along the deck which suits my game,” he explained. “I think every team in the league is pretty evenly matched which makes for a very competitive competition.”

It’s been a busy time off the pitch to for Nicol, who has started his own business and said its full steam ahead. “I’m running my own personal training business (Daryl Nicol Fitness) and it’s going extremely well,” he said. “I work out of Loftus Recreation Centre in Leederville and absolutely love it. Having the time off from football has been great and allowed me to concentrate on the business, but I can’t wait to get back in action, pre-season can’t come quick enough.”

The Jacks have come on leaps and bounds both on and off the pitch and Nicol said he’s really happy to be part of it. “The club have big ambitions and rightly so, the infrastructure and facilities we have are as good as anything I’ve seen in the league,” he explained. “The squad is as good as anything I’ve seen in the league, as are the coaches, so all that combined is bound to raise expectations and it will be up to us to deliver the success the club is striving for.”

Nicol said they were all disappointed not to reach the West Australian Top Four Cup Final, but they will be doing all they can to go all the way next season. “I think we can take confidence from last season but at the same time the unbeaten run we went on counts for nothing now,” he said. “We were all disappointed to lose against Inglewood, but that it in the past, and if we are going to push for the title we’ll need to get off to a good start but we’ve certainly got the squad to be up there challenging.”