He was with West Ham from the age of 14, where he played alongside another former Stag, Connor Okus.
West Ham described him as a “tenacious and versatile midfielder”, but he was one of many to not make the cut.
Upon his release from West Ham, he was given a proper introduction to non-league football, playing for Forest in the Isthmian League Division 1. He lasted just a game at Forest, leaving when manager Tony Mercer was sacked.
From then he bounced around east London and Essex, playing for Redbridge, Brentwood Town, Cheshunt, Eton Manor, Heybridge Swifts and Sawbridgeworth before eventually settling at Takeley, where he has settld for the last season.
Upon signing for Heybridge in 2015, then Swifts manager Cliff Akurang said: “He’s got a fantastic CV and a good history behind him and he will be making himself known to the boys.
“He’s someone quite special, the boys have had a glimpse of him in training and he’s a very very good footballer, good passer, good creativity, good tackler, bit of a mix and just waiting for his opportunity at the moment and as soon as a position opens, he’ll be straight in there.”
After all that, Nicky just made one substitute appearance.
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