Scott Pendlebury couldn’t nominate another he’d played alongside who possessed the innate on-field intelligence of Nick Daicos.
“Footy IQ and skill,” said Pendlebury, in response to the question of what separated the younger Daicos brother from the herd.
“He’s got some of the best skill I’ve ever played, with the footy IQ is off the charts … probably the best footy IQ I’ve played with.”
Pendlebury paused, lending weight to his addendum. “As a second year guy.”
Nick Daicos is a player of his time and ahead of his time. At 20, he is already one of the game’s most damaging and valuable players. His productivity is unprecedented for a player of his vintage over the past two decades – the precocious Chris Judd and Joel Selwood included.
The question that Nick Daicos’ second season invites isn’t his ranking in…