Mitch Nichols

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Mitch Nichols
Mitch Nichols 2012.jpg
Nichols with Brisbane Roar in 2012
Personal information
Full name Mitchell Ian Nichols
Date of birth (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Southport, Queensland, Australia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Perth Glory
Youth career
1994–2006 Palm Beach
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Palm Beach 8 (9)
2007–2013 Brisbane Roar 125 (24)
2013–2014 Melbourne Victory 14 (3)
2014– Cerezo Osaka 6 (0)
2014– Perth Glory (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Australia U-20 22 (11)
2010–2012 Australia U-23 5 (2)
2009– Australia 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:53, 20 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 July 2013

Mitchell Ian "Mitch" Nichols (born 1 May 1989) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays for Perth Glory on loan from Cerezo Osaka of the J1 League.

Club career[edit]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

He signed a two year deal on 11 May 2007 with the Roar after impressing in the opening rounds of the Gold Coast Premier League with Palm Beach Sharks, leading the goal scoring charts from midfield after 7 matches. Roar manager Frank Farina stated that Nichols was "one for the future" the official press conference following his signing.

Nichols made a solid start to his career in the A-League with a number of substitute appearances. He also received his first call-up to the Australian Under 20 squad for a training camp on 7 October 2007. He scored his first goal for the Roar in his side's 4-1 victory over Perth Glory midway through the 2008-09 season. In the 2011/2012 season, the midfielder exceeded expectations prseason, scoring 10 goals, mostly from long range. He also made the A-league Team of the Season, alongside teammates Thomas Broich and Besart Berisha.

Melbourne Victory[edit]

Before he joined Melbourne Victory he went on trial at Danish club Randers. On Monday 13 May 2013, it was announced by Melbourne Victory that Nichols had signed a two-year deal with the club, reuniting him with his former Roar manager Ange Postecoglou.[1] He became Postecoglou’s first new signing ahead of the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League season.

Cerezo Osaka[edit]

Japanese J-League Club Cerezo Osaka made multiple bids for Nichols during the January 2014 transfer window, the highest of which reaching $400,000. Melbourne Victory stood firm despite Nichols' interest in the offer, however look set to complete the deal in the hope of acquiring young Australian midfielder, Tom Rogić.[2][3][4]

In the end following Nichols' interest in moving and Tom Rogić joining Melbourne Victory, Nichols joined Cerezo Osaka.[5][6] Nichols made his debut for Cerezo on 11 March 2014, coming off the bench in an AFC Champions League match against Shandong Luneng Taishan, which Cerezo lost 1–3.

International career[edit]

Nichols playing for the Australian Under 23 team.

Nichols represented the Australia U-20 team during the AFC U-19 Championship in Saudi Arabia. He scored two goals in the Quarter Final match against North Korea including a spectacular overhead kick in extra time. Nichols is currently a member of the Australia U-23 team receiving his first cap in 2010. Nichols made his first senior international debut for the Socceroos on 4 March 2009 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match versus Kuwait.

International appearances
# Date Opponent Score Result Competition Game time Match Report
1 5 March 2009  Kuwait 0–1 Loss 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Substituted in 70' Report
2 20 July 2013  South Korea 0–0 Draw 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup Substituted in 65' Report
3 25 July 2013  Japan 2–3 Loss 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup Substituted in 57' Report
4 28 July 2013  China PR 3–4 Loss 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup Substituted off 74' Report

Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 June 2014
Club Season Division League1 Cup Asia2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brisbane Roar 2007–08 A-League 10 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
2008–09 A-League 13 5 4 1 0 0 17 6
2009–10 A-League 20 1 0 0 0 0 20 1
2010–11 A-League 32 6 0 0 0 0 32 6
2011–12 A-League 24 10 0 0 5 1 29 11
2012–13 A-League 26 2 0 0 1 0 27 2
Total 125 24 6 1 6 1 137 26
Melbourne Victory 2013–14 A-League 14 3 0 0 0 0 14 3
Total 14 3 0 0 0 0 14 3
Cerezo Osaka 2014 J. League Division 1 6 0 0 0 4 0 10 0
Total 6 0 0 0 4 0 10 0
Career total 145 27 6 1 10 1 161 29

1 - includes A-League final series statistics
2 - includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. ACL and A-League seasons etc.)

Honours[edit]

With Australia:

With Brisbane Roar:

References[edit]

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