Syd Guildford nomination for core Cat

By Beth Newman

Communication is crucial in footy, and Broadbeach’s Nick Scott has a voice that is heard above many of the rest.

The 25 year-old is the Rd 12 Syd Guildford trophy nominee, a just reward for a consistent season, where he has transformed into a critical member of the Cats’ core midfield group.

While still only young himself, Scott has shown maturity beyond his years this season, not afraid to give his input on and off the field, coach, Wayne Petterd said.

“He’s a born leader,” he said.

“It’s a pretty quiet group but he and Taylor Haley and two or three others guide the group around,” he said.

“He’s always keen to have an input, which the club needs and he’s only 25, but he’s got an experienced head.”

Petterd said Scott’s game had gone to another level this season, culminating in a clear best on ground performance against Surfers Paradise last Sunday.

“He was averaging 15-20 possessions last few years in the NEAFL and this year, he’s taken that to 25 plus,” he said.

“More importantly, his defensive game has improved which was already one of his strong points.

“He’s one of the more pleasant kids to coach and has a good footy brain, which is handy.”

Among Broadbeach’s relatively inexperienced list, Scott’s strong football knowledge and willingness to put the team first has been invaluable for the Cats this season, as he continues to capitalise on his strengths.

“(On the weekend), his keenness to spread and his tackling ability (stood out) – he as good a tackler as any in the competition,”Petterd said.

“He’s not the quickest man, but he just works smart.”

Scott is also involved with youth coaching; something that Petterd says has worked wonders.

“I think that has developed him as a person and a coach.”

“He’s a lot more mature and he’s just developing as a footballer.

While Petterd believes Scott could make the grade in the NEAFL, he hopes he stays around H&A Oval in the long term.

“From a club perspective, we can’t afford to lose him because I t means we have to replace him and that’s hard, especially if you’re trying to stay local.”

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