Monday, 5 June 2023
Nick Blakey signs a seven-year deal
to remain with the Swans until the end of 2031, the longest current contract of any player in the AFL.
"Nick is a great young man and a very important part of our young group, so we are delighted that he has chosen to extend his career with the Swans long term," Sydney football boss Charlie Gardiner said.
"He has some unique talents on field and has worked incredibly hard to overcome injuries over the past couple of years to turn himself into a high-quality defender and provide enormous flexibility to the team."
Saturday, 11 February 2023
Nick Blakey is set
to miss the Swans' pre-season games after coming down with a mild case of glandular fever.
"Nick Blakey has been feeling unwell and results from tests have shown he has a mild case of glandular fever," Swans head of physiotherapy and medical services Damian Raper said.
"As a result, Nick will be rested for approximately three weeks before returning to training."
Monday, 16 August 2021
Nick Blakey is ruled out
for the rest of the 2021 season after scans reveal a crack in his right fibula that was sustained during the third quarter of the Swans' match against North Melbourne.
"He was learning the craft of playing in defence and getting better every week, so it's really disappointing for him that he's out for the rest of the season and for us," Sydney coach John Longmire said.
Sunday, 18 July 2021
After struggling with form, a move to defence has revitalised Nick Blakey in his third season.
"I was just in some really bad form. No one likes to be dropped, obviously, but I knew it was coming. The best thing for me was to go back to the twos and get some confidence," Blakey said.
"I was told I had to work on my defensive side of the game and that I would be played down back. When Horse told me, I was a bit rattled. Growing up, I never, ever played in defence.
"I played four weeks of VFL at centre half-back, got some confidence and I suppose the offensive side of my game just flowed off the back of defending well. I think I've been able to transfer that to AFL level, so it was a blessing in disguise."
Thursday, 8 April 2021
Sydney trio James Rowbottom, Chad Warner and Nick Blakey have all signed contract extensions. Rowbottom and Blakey have signed on until the end of 2024 and Warner the end of 2023.
Monday, 27 January 2020
Nick Blakey says he has a great relationship with his father, John Blakey, who also works as a backline coach for the Swans.
"Dad and I have a really good relationship at home and a really good working relationship as well, so if he tells me to do something, I'll do it, just like I do with the other coaches," he said.
"We've never had any conflict about my football and I think Mum has been pretty big on that, when we're at home we're a family and don't talk much about football. I know that he's there though so, if I need to, I can go straight to Dad.
"People will probably think it's a bit funny because he's my dad but at the end of the day, he's just another coach at the club."
John said at times he found it tough separating himself from his roles last year.
"It was difficult. I won't lie, I get pretty excited when he does something well, but I tried not to show it too much because I know the cameras are onto me," he said.
"I didn't expect to see him play as many games as he did, so I thought it was a super effort.
"I'm a really proud father and hopefully he can continue on and have a better year this year."
Monday, 24 June 2019
Nick Blakey is the 2019 round 14 Rising Star after kicking two crucial goals against Hawthorn at the MCG, including one following a spectacular mark.
Blakey has missed just one AFL game this season, a surprise even to him given he had only a limited pre-season after overcoming an ankle injury sustained late in the 2018 season.
"I definitely didn't think I'd play as much senior football as I have. If someone told me in pre-season that I'd play 12 games (in the first 13) I would've said, 'You're dreaming,'" Blakey said.
"The club has trusted me and backed me in, and they've instilled faith and confidence in me. The Swans have a good record of playing young boys and having them play key roles."
Saturday, 23 March 2019
Nick Blakey makes his AFL debut for Sydney at Docklands Stadium with 10 disposals (6 kicks and 4 handballs), a mark, a tackle and a goal in a 17-point loss to the Western Bulldogs.
Monday, 21 January 2019
Draftee and academy selection Nick Blakey signs a two-year extension with Sydney to remain at the club until the end of 2022.
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Sydney's shock draft manoeuvre which helped secure Academy player Nick Blakey for a bargain may not be permitted again.
The AFL's general counsel, Andrew Dillon, and his team are leading a review into how the debut of live pick trading worked, and whether such tactics should be blocked in the future.
Sydney traded a second-round selection to West Coast so they didn't have to use it on Blakey when a bid came at pick 10. The Swans then traded back into the second round shortly afterwards.
"It was clearly legal and that's what clever industrious clubs do, they look at the rules and they take advantage of them if there's stuff possible," AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said.
"Whether that's available next year, Andrew Dillon and his team will review."
Saturday, 24 November 2018
Nick Blakey says he wants to emulate his father, John Blakey, in forging a career in the AFL.
"I definitely wouldn't be the player I am now if it wasn't for my old man," Nick said.
"If I can be half the player he is, I will be extremely happy ... that's still more than 150 games."
Friday, 23 November 2018
Sydney select Nick Blakey with pick No.10 in the 2018 National Draft.
"Heís going to be a real long-term player for them. Iíve known this family for a long time and theyíre just a quality family. Itís not hard to see why this kidís such a good person," AFL Academy coach Luke Power said.
"Heís also a special player. Heís a much better kick than his old man, thatís for sure."
Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Father-son and academy prospect Nick Blakey, a Sydney resident and member of the Swansí academy, nominates the Swans as his preferred destination for 2019.
Blakey, considered a near-certain first-round draft prospect, had four options to choose from come this yearís national draft, including entering the open draft.
As the son of 359-game AFL great John Blakey, the classy left-footer was also eligible to be taken as a father-son selection by both North Melbourne and the Brisbane Lions.
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Father-son prospect Nick Blakey says he will leave it to later in the year before making a decision on his preferred club.
Blakey has trained with the Roos' father-son program, last year spent time at the Lions with their Academy, and has been a part of the Swans' Academy for nearly a decade since his father John Blakey joined the club's coaching panel.
"At the moment, I still have to play a lot of good football before I think about it," he said.
"Dad has a rich history at both North and Brisbane, so I'm not just focused on Sydney. I love Sydney and Sydney's home at the moment, but obviously dad won two premierships at North and started his career with the Lions which was so good for him.
"I'll keep my options open and I'm not set on what I'm going to do."
Monday, 24 April 2017
Father-son, academy prospect Nick Blakey is recovering well after being rushed to hospital following a serious concussion in the NAB AFL Academy's 106-point win over the New Zealand Hawks in Wellington.
Blakey, who was also named the side's captain for the clash, had his game cut short after hitting his head on the ground after being tackled by an opponent.
The son of former Fitzroy and North Melbourne player John is eligible to join both the Brisbane Lions and the Roos as a father-son selection, but also qualifies as an academy selection for Sydney, where he has lived while John has been an assistant coach at the club.